Samson Helfgott, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, authored an article in BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal on the grace period in the U.S. patent system and how it differs from the grace period under both the proposed patent reform and the international grace period. “For many years, proponents have hoped that changing to a first-inventor-to-file system would encourage patent harmonization activities,” Mr. Helfgott writes. “Specifically, it was believed that such change would be the quid pro quo for other countries around the world to accept a grace period. However, the grace period that the rest of the world has been contemplating is an international grace period, which differs considerably from the first-to-publish system proposed in the patent reform bill.” (“The Amazing Grace Period: An Analysis of the Proposed Grace Period Under the New Patent Reform Bill and Its Relationship to an International-Type Grace Period,” April 30, 2010)