‘provisions that made it more difficult to obtain patent protection in the US’

‘the AIA included a number of provisions that made it more difficult to obtain patent protection in the US’

http://www.ipprotheinternet.com/specialistfeatures/specialistfeature.php?specialist_id=143#.Vldtil6Dlh5

That is the position of filers in many countries and American inventors will tell you that not just AIA but court and PTO changes have in the aggregate made it far harder, expensive and lengthy to get and enforce patent rights. For many inventors and small entities the American patent system is no longer viable. That is why we believe small entity patent filings have appreciably declined. There is data to support that contention…

http://patentlyo.com/patent/2013/02/small-entity-status.html

However, the PTO database accessible on their web site appears poorly constructed and managed so we are unable to extract the underlying data to document there. A series of ill advised political appointments, mostly from large multinational corps, has greatly reduced the confidence inventors have in the Patent Office and its management who to them appear to have become tools for large infringers.

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