Last week marked the second phase of implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. patent law signed into law on Sept. 16, 2011. Several key provisions of the law took effect last week, most notably new procedures for third parties to challenge patents after they have been issued and new rules allowing third parties to submit prior art for patent applications.

This week in the the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss these changes with two leading experts in patent law:

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.