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As the America Invents Act (AIA) turns 10, patent students across the
country may ask: if the law is already a decade old, why am I spending so much
time studying pre-AIA law? Though patents filed before the transition date will
remain in force up through March 2033, a good 10+ years away, teachers may also
be wondering which regime to emphasize and for how long the pre-AIA rules will
be considered fundamental rather than footnote material.

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