USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings After New Patent Reform Law

September 28, 2011
Strafford Publications
Live CLE Webinar/Teleconference: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT

Oblon, Spivak's Scott McKeown will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled "USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings After New Patent Reform Law".

On September 8, 2011, the U.S. Senate passed the House version of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the most significant revamping of the patent system in decades. This legislation was enacted by the President on September 16th, 2011, bringing immediate changes to patent practice in the U.S. The AIA will introduce new post-grant mechanisms that provide strategic opportunities for Patentees and third party challengers alike. These changes will be especially dramatic for patent litigants as the legislation aims to transfer patent validity challenges from district courts to the USPTO, automatically stay some disputes, and place time limits on their initiation.

Counsel must understand the many aspects of these post grant developments to advise clients on meeting the new requirements and managing their intellectual property rights and liabilities.

Mr. McKeown will provide guidance for counsel to IP stakeholders & challengers on the new post-grant landscape, including post-grant review proceedings, inter partes review proceedings, special transitional post-grant review of business method patents and supplemental examinations.

He will offer perspectives and guidance on these and other critical questions:

  • What are the grounds for post-grant challenges now? How will current reexamination practice change?
  • What are the new options, how will they be implemented, and when?
  • How do the changes of the AIA alter the strategic use of post grant proceedings parallel to litigation?
  • What are the relevant deadlines and best practices?

Please click on the above conference link for additional information or to register for this seminar.