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Authors Jing Wang, Weidong Liu, Lei Zhang, and Lei Han are Examiners for the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic China. Christina N. Gervasi is an U.S. Palent Agenl and J.D. Candidate at the University of Daytnn chool of Law, (2013). Tom Irving is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow. Garrott & Dunner. L.L.P. (Washington. D.C.). Stacy Lewisis a Managing Partner, Law Clerk at Finnegan. Henderson, Farabow, Garrell & Dunner, L.L.P. (Washington, D.C.).

Disclaimer: this Article is public information and has been prepared solely for educational purpose to contribute to the understanding of intellectual property law. These materials reflect only the personal views of the co-authors and are not individualized legal advice and do not reflect the views of Finnegan, Henderson. Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. L.L.P., University of Dayton School of Law, nor China's State Intellectual Property Office ("SIPO"). It is understood that each case is fact-specific, and that the appropriate solution in any case will vary. Therefore, this Article may or may not be relevant to any particular situation. This Article relates to the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America lnvents Act. These new provisions do not go into effect until March 16, 2013. and it is not yet known how the courts will interpret them. Nor is it known how Congress might act in the future. Thus, Finnegan, Henderson. Farabow. Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P., University of Dayton School of Law. or SIPO, and the individual co-authors cannot be bound either philosophically or as representatives of their various present and future clients to the comments expressed in this Article. This Article does not establish any form of attorney-client relationship with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. L.L.P., University of Dayton School of Law, SIPO, nor the individual co-authors. While every attempt was made to insure that these materials are accurate, errors or omissions may be contained therein, for which any liability is disclaimed.

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