America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant... more +
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant changes to the patent system, including changing from a first-to-invent scheme to a first-to-file scheme, eliminating interference proceedings and developing post-grant opposition.  less -
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Success Protecting Intellectual Property in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO

For a drug discovery start-up, patent protection of the intellectual property underlying the commercialization pursuit is critically important. If the company is a university or research institution spin-out that obtained...more

Finally Facing First Inventor to File Issues

It has been over three years since the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law by President Obama, and just over eighteen months since the effective date of the first-inventor-to-file changes to 35 USC § 102....more

PTAB Exercises Discretion When Rejecting Follow-On Petition Filed More Than One Year After Service of the Complaint with...

The AIA sets a one-year deadline to file a petition for IPR of a patent from the date a complaint for patent infringement is served. 35 U.S.C. § 315(b). There is an exception: the bar does not apply when joining a second...more

Considerations in Obtaining Advice of Counsel to Rebut a Claim of Willfulness

In 2007, the willfulness inquiry changed significantly with the Federal Circuit’s seminal decision, In re Seagate. In addition to establishing a new twoprong test for willful infringement, the Federal Circuit in Seagate...more

Federal Circuit Schedules Argument for First IPR Final Written Decision – In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC

As we have been reporting, the U.S. Patent Office has requested comments on the trial proceedings under the America Invents Act. Out of the 17 issues outlined, the Office highlighted two for which it would especially...more

PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments -- Part 2

As we have previously reported, the USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register notice from June 27, 2014, contained a "Request for...more

Federal Circuit Applies "Searching Review" of Stay Pending CBM Proceeding

In Benefit Funding Systems, LLC v. Advance America Cash Advance Centers, Inc., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s decision to stay patent infringement litigation while the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

Inter Partes Review – Parties Favor Settlement Over Board Decisions

Now that we have a growing body of statistics on the Inter Partes Review proceedings created by the America Invents Act, it is interesting to see how the proceedings are being resolved. With the significant attention given to...more

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Second Anniversary: Reflections and Strategies For The Years Ahead

What a difference two years can make. In 2012, the America Invents Act (“AIA”) created new proceedings to challenge the validity of claims in issued patents. These proceedings are administered by the United States...more

What’s Happening with Patents at the USPTO? Chief of Staff Byrnes has Answers!

On September 16, 2014, United States Patent and Trademark Office Chief of Staff Andrew Byrnes presented to the Boston Patent Law Association an update on new quality initiatives and the implementation of White House patent...more

PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments (Part 1)

The USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register Notice from June 27, 2014 contained the "Request for Comments on Trial Proceedings...more

PGR Report -- The Attack of 35 U.S.C. § 112

Last week, on September 2, 2014, Accord Healthcare, Inc. ("Accord") filed what appears to be the second-ever Post-Grant Review ("PGR") (see Petition). This PGR was for U.S. Patent No. 8,598,219 ("the '219 Patent"), which is...more

The Importance of the One-Year AIA Timeline

Rackspace US, Inc. v. Personal Web Techs., LLC - Addressing the one-year time frame for completing inter partes review (IPR) in the context of a stay request, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial...more

Federal Circuit Sidesteps Constitutionality of AIA First-to-File Provision

MadStad Eng’g, Inc. v. USPTO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit faced an issue of first impression when a named inventor on three patents challenged the first-inventor-to-file provision of the America...more

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country to increase public understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act. The...more

An Inexpensive Alternative to Patent Litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed in September 2011, provides additional procedures to challenge the validity of patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These “post grant” procedures are far less...more

Washington Redskins Challenge the Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

The Washington Redskins trademark controversy is far from over. Despite the fact that certain news and sports commentators and mainstream newspapers and organizations have announced that they will no longer use the term...more

Federal Circuit Review (August 2014)

Post Grant Review of Patent Favors Stay of Litigation - In VIRTUALAGILITY INC. v. SALESFORCE.COM, INC., Appeal No. 14-1232, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's denial of a motion to stay pending a post...more

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

So, you find yourself a defendant in a patent infringement suit. Some patent holder has filed a lawsuit claiming that your company is infringing on their patented technology. The patent holder threatens to shut your business...more

First Post Grant Review Petition Filed

After nearly a dozen false starts, it appears that the first genuine “Post Grant Review” (PGR) petition may have been filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) under the America Invents Act (AIA)....more

Effect On Settlement Of Post-Grant Patent Review Proceedings

The recent America Invents Act both modified and created procedures for challenging patents in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) after they have been issued, which are called post grant...more

Beware the Death Squad

On August 14, 2014, Law360 quoted PTAB Chief Judge James Smith commenting that the Board’s reputation as a patent “death squad” – a phrase coined by former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader. ...more

In Search of Commercial Success

In Schott Gemtron Corporation v. SSW Holdings Company, Inc., IPR2014-00367, Paper 20 (August 13, 2014), the Board denied patent owner’s motion for additional discovery relating to commercial success. The Board noted the...more

How to Fix the Amendment Fallacy

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made it hard for patent owners to amend their claims. Patrick Doody outlines the problems this causes and how to fix them. Since being established under 2011’s America Invents Act...more

Estoppel effects of post-grant patent proceedings under the AIA

By now, most patent practitioners are quite familiar with the post-grant patent proceedings (e.g., IPR, PGR, CBM) newly established by the AIA, and their key features, such as the stay and estoppel provisions. Numerous...more

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