Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Matthew Morrison

Relational Format



Due to an interest in pursuing a career in patent law with an electrical engineering background, this thesis describes the 2012 America Invents Act (AIA), which made major changes to patent law in the United States including the switch from “first-to-invent” to “first-to-file” and the creation of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), as well as several relevant key Supreme Court decisions, and explains the impact that these events have caused. Through interviews with attorneys and others in the patent law community, personal research and investigation, and data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it has been determined from the research presented that the way that attorneys and companies proceed with patent prosecution and litigation has changed and the value of a patent has lessened some, but contrary to popular belief these events have not drastically hurt the amount of patent applications that get granted every year, nor have they hurt or helped small time inventors.

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