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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

Post-grant review, continued: Inter partes, covered business methods

In my last post, I detailed some of the most common frustrations with patent litigation and how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers alternative ways to challenge issued patents. I provided descriptions of two of 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

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

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

The Duty Of Candor: Letting The Truth Shine

“Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon, the Sun, and the Truth.” The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) relies on the truth coming to light to resolve disputes in post-grant proceedings in a “just, speedy, and...more

What Australian companies need to know about ‘patent oppositions’ in the US

Many Australian companies will be familiar with the pre-grant patent oppositions that are available under Australian law. Similarly, many Australian companies will be familiar with post-grant patent oppositions before the...more

Cumulative Art Rejections v. Estoppel: Balancing Competing Interests In IPR Petitions

Inter Partes Review, or IPR, is one of the new procedures implemented through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that challenges a patent’s validity at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent...more

Prosecution History of Original Examination as Intrinsic Evidence in Post-Grant Proceedings - Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC

In a case arising from an inter partes reexamination while pending district court litigation was stayed for more than eight years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and...more

Federal Circuit Issues Remand In Ten Year Reexamination Proceeding

In Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC, the Federal Circuit vacated the decision of the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board that had reversed the Examiner’s rejection of most of the claims of the patent at issue....more

12 Observations on Covered Business Method Review

CBM: When the America Invents Act (AIA) was passed in 2011, it ushered in a number of new post-grant options to challenge and defend patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Oce. One of these newly-created...more

The Five Ps of Patent Reform: What You Need to Know About the Patent Litigation Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and enacted into law on September 16, 2011. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act changed the U.S. patent...more

The Latest In Patent Reform: The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309)

Over the past year, various lawmakers have floated a flurry of patent reform proposals aimed at curbing patent litigation abuse by so-called “patent trolls,” or non-practicing patent enforcement entities. President Obama...more

Demonstratives in Post-Grant Proceedings  [Video]

Robert Greene Sterne, founding director of the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, discusses a critical topic in the current patent office litigation landscape -- demonstratives in post-grant...more

Dominion Dealer Solutions Seeks Review of USPTO Decisions Denying Inter Partes Review

On October 15, 2013, Dominion Dealer Solutions, LLC filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia seeking review of the USPTO’s decisions denying petitions to institute inter partes review...more

Court Stay Factors in Concurrent Post-Grant Proceedings [Video]

Robert Greene Sterne, founding director of the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, discusses a critical topic in the current patent office litigation landscape -- court stay factors in post-grant...more

Precedential Impact of Patent Trial & Appeal Board Decisions in Post-Grant Proceedings [Video]

In this video, Robert Greene Sterne, founding director of the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, discusses a critical topic in the current patent office litigation landscape -- the precedential...more

PTO Reexamination Decision is Binding in Concurrent Infringement Litigation

Many patents are involved in parallel proceedings — post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) and infringement litigation in the courts. What happens when the courts and the PTO do...more

The impact of inter partes review on patent litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO, the inter partes review or IPR. On September 16, 2012, the USPTO stopped accepting petitions for inter partes reexamination and the IPR...more

District Court Refuses to Review USPTO Decision to Institute Post Grant Review of Versata Covered Business Method Patent

In Versata Development Corp. v. Rea, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed Versata’s challenge of the PTAB’s decision to institute post grant review of its patent for lack of jurisdiction....more

The America Invents Act (AIA) Affects Design Patents, Too

Over the last few years, companies have increasingly recognized the value of design patents, which are directed to the ornamental (non-functional) appearance of a product....more

Patent Office Litigation Update: Design Patents [Video]

Interest in design patents is increasing, in part, because they can be obtained relatively inexpensively and quickly. As a result, design patent owners who enforce their patents are likely to see an increase in post-grant...more

Three New Tools to Challenge Patents

Among the most significant changes made by the America Invents Act (AIA) are the provisions that permit a business to challenge a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in litigation-type proceedings, but at a lower...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Issues First Final Written Decision Under America Invents Act Proceeding

On June 11, 2013, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued the first final written decision in one of the new proceedings created by the America Invents Act...more

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