The Remaining “To Do” List on Patent Reform: Consolidation and Optimization

Vol. 4 No. 5


Robert A. Armitage is chair of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. He serves as senior vice president and general counsel at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. He can be reached at

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is marching along with the immense efforts needed to complete regulations to implement the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Within the patent profession—notably within the Patent Division of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law—there have  been prolific and heroic efforts to assist the USPTO in the rule writing needed to bring the AIA to life.

If there is one oft-expressed hope of many participants in the AIA’s legislative and regulatory phases, it is that successful conclusion of these efforts will yield a sustained period of reflection. “No New Patent Laws!”—at least not until the new law now on the books is digested and its impacts, for better or worse, are more fully understood.

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