Are laboratory notebooks necessary in a first inventor to file world?

The importance of laboratory notebooks was long touted in the US to prove a date of invention. With the dawning of a first-to-file era in the US, the importance of laboratory notebooks has been questioned. A perspective on the importance of laboratory notebooks is provided as well as an answer to the question whether laboratory notebooks are necessary in a first-to-file regime.
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