American Inventors Protection Act
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The American Inventors Protection Act (AIPA) is a United States federal law enacted on November 29, 1999 as Public Law 106-113. In 2002, the Intellectual Property and High Technology Technical Amendments Act of 2002, Public Law 107-273, amended AIPA.
AIPA contains significant changes to American Patent Law. AIPA added 
- An "earlier invention" defense for business method patents - 35 U.S.C. §273;
- Publication of US patent applications for foreign published applications - 35 U.S.C. §122;
- Patent term restoration for delays caused by the Patent and Trademark Office - 35 U.S.C. §154; and
- The Request for Continued Examination (RCE) patent prosecution procedure.
- Disclosure requirements for Invention promotion firms.
- Patent Reform Act of 2005
- The American Inventor’s Protection Act: A Legislative History, Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal
- J. Richardson and K. Sibley, THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND COMMUNICATIONS OMNIBUS REFORM ACT OF 1999: an Overview for IP Practitioners North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology
- American Inventor's Protection Act of 1999
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web site, Patents > Inventors Resources > Complaints
- Invention Promotion Firm, Federal Trade Commission, retrieved 2013-08-30
- Edward Robinson "They Saved Small Business When corporate America tried to seize the patent system from independent inventors, this Boston couple came to the rescue.", Fortune Small Business Magazine, April 1, 2000
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