Great article Mike. I work with many early stage inventors here at my university and the "first to file" change is going to be especially difficult. We have been preaching about keeping good lab notebooks and I wonder if those days will be over? On my personal blog I am trying to create an easy to follow guide on how to quickly patent your own idea http://patentfile.org/how-to-patent-an-idea
since I think these recent changes will create a literal race to the patent office and people will be filing provisionals more frequently than every before. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
I find it interesting that innovators and problem solvers get so worked up about the new patent law. How can so much effort and creativity be devoted to inventing novel concepts for patents and then helplessness intervene when faced with the modified patent law? Let's get on with the inventions. For the academically curious, it would be interesting to see a simple side by side table listing the substantive changes in the patent law for informational purposes. Then the creativity associated with the inventions could also be leveraged in benefiting from the new patent law features - rather than railing against it.
Guys and Gals:
I say EMBRACE the new law. It is here for good. And it will all be OK!
Here is the "work around".... File your Provisional Patent Application TODAY! For $110 you can be the first to file. Worried it is too hard to file your PPA? Take a look at the Provisional Patent Video Course here: http://provisionalpatentvideo.com/ and see how easy it is to do. Or, at least prepare to get ready to have your patent attorney do it for you.