By Dennis Crouch
The first post-AIA patent issued recently – Design Patent No. D685,381 directed to a foldable laptop stand and owned by the UK company Bluelounge. The application sailed-through as part of the design patent rocket-docket. Three post-AIA applications have been published, although all three claim priority to pre-AIA filings and thus should likely be judged under the first-to-invent rules. U.S. Patent Pub. Nos. 20130185143, 20130183063, and 20130180060. As we move toward the end of the calendar year, we should expect to see more post-AIA patents emerging. Any major legal challenges associated with the first-to-file rules are unlikely until 2015.