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Microsoft outlines patent reform goals for U.S.

This post initially included an incorrect explanation of the patent filing systems.

This post initially included an incorrect explanation of the patent filing systems. The "first to invent" system awards a patent based on the conception of the invention, not necessarily when it's filed. Microsoft argued that the USPTO should switch to the "first to file" system, which as the name suggests, awards a patent to the first person that files it.

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