New Handbook on the America Invents Act Released by ALM's Law Journal Press

NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALM's Law Journal Press, a leading publisher of print and digital publications for legal professionals, today announced the release of a new book, The America Invents Act (AIA) Handbook: A Guide to the Patent Law Reform of 2011, by Mary Anthony Merchant.

The America Invents Act (AIA) Handbook: A Guide to the Patent Law Reform is a complete guide to the most comprehensive overhaul of U.S. patent law in over a century. A detailed table of contents, as well as ordering information for this and other Law Journal Press publications, is available at

Written for practitioners, The America Invents Act (AIA) Handbook: A Guide to the Patent Law Reform offers expert, timely coverage of the new "first-inventor-to file" patent regime, which replaces the old "first-to-invent" approach. It examines the new law's myriad effective dates, changes to patent marking statutes, new procedural rules for litigation, expansion of the prior user rights defense, new proceedings before the USPTO, and new regulations finalized in 2012 and 2013.

Mary Anthony Merchant, J.D., Ph.D., is a partner in Ballard Spahr LLP and the leader of the firm's biotechnology practice team. Drawing on both her legal training and her graduate and post-graduate work in molecular biology and biochemistry, she provides intellectual property counsel to clients ranging from biotech start-ups to multinational corporations.

Law Journal Press, a division of ALM, publishes more than 130 books, in print and in digital online and mobile formats, on a broad range of legal and business topics. Written by leading lawyers and experts and updated regularly, Law Journal Press editions offer definitive and timely information, insightful analysis and practitioner-oriented guidance for the legal profession.

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