AIA Post-Issuance Proceedings – Live Testimony Finds Its Way into Oral Argument for Inter Partes Review

By | IP Law Alert | June 11, 2014
AIA Post-Issuance Proceedings – Live Testimony Finds Its Way into Oral Argument for Inter Partes Review

In order to achieve the statutory requirement of rendering a final determination no later than one year following the institution of an Inter Partes Review (IPR), the Trial Practice Guidelines set forth by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office “lay out a framework for conducting the proceedings aimed at streamlining and converging the issues for proceeding.”

America Invents Act Post Issuance Proceedings – Additional Discovery Requested in Inter Partes Review Must Be “Surgically” Tailored

By | IP Law Alert | May 21, 2014
America Invents Act Post Issuance Proceedings – Additional Discovery Requested in Inter Partes Review Must Be “Surgically” Tailored

In comparison to discovery obtainable in federal district court proceedings, discovery obtainable in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the America Invents Act (AIA) is sharply limited

New Patent Law Expands Scope of Prior Art

By | Waller TIPS | November 22, 2013
New Patent Law Expands Scope of Prior Art

The America Invents Act (“AIA”), which became fully effective on March 16, 2013, has fundamentally changed U.S. patent law. Some of the most important of these changes relate to the scope of prior art available under 35 U.S.C. § 102. The “prior art” is the body of earlier-disclosed information that can be cited against a patent application by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).

USPTO Patent Reform Forum to Be Held On Second Anniversary of the America Invents Act

By | PharmaPatents | September 12, 2013
USPTO Patent Reform Forum to Be Held On Second Anniversary of the America Invents Act

On September 16, 2013–the second anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA)–the USPTO will host a forum on the AIA at its Alexandria, Virginia campus. The USPTO AIA forum will provide an overview of AIA implementation to date, and will include an opportunity for practitioners and stakeholders to ask USPTO representatives about specific provisions of the AIA.