Oblon Spivak Launches Patents Post Grant Law Blog

November 9, 2009 – Firm News

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2009

Alexandria, Va. – The law firm of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. announces the launch of its Patents Post Grant Law Blog(www.patentspostgrant.com), to serve as a forum to provide insight and commentary to the complex array of existing and proposed post grant options, observed trends, practice tips and news relating to patent reexamination, reissue or proposed opposition systems.

“Our Post Grant Patent practice group has successfully defended in reexamination, and reissued, substantial patent portfolios valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Likewise, countless patents of questionable validity, which were clouding the competitive landscape or asserted against clients of the firm, have been reexamined at our request. As the recognized leaders in post grant proceedings before the USPTO, we developed this blog to provide a forum for sharing information relative to post grant proceedings at the USPTO, and it is our hope that the blog will become a useful reference and resource.” said Scott A. McKeown, a team leader of Oblon Spivak’s Post Grant Patent Practice Group.

“The emerging popularity of reexamination stems from two factors. First is the creation of a Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) within the USPTO, with teams that analyze issues presented in reexamination. The quality of review has increased as a result, and the speed of reexaminations is improved by segregating these issues to the CRU. The second factor is the increased willingness of some federal district courts to stay a patent litigation in the face of an initiated reexamination,” said Mr. McKeown.

The Patents Post Grant Law Blog is provided and maintained by the Post Grant Patent Pratice Group of Oblon, Spivak, which handles all aspects of USPTO post issuance proceedings, including appeals to the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). Currently, these proceedings include Patent Reissue and Patent Reexamination. The Post Grant Patent Practice Group of Oblon, Spivak is staffed by teams of seasoned attorneys with technical backgrounds necessary for understanding complex multi-disciplinary technologies and arguing before technical decision makers--senior level Patent Examiners. The practice group also leverages an unparalleled expertise in patent prosecution.

A partial Japanese version of the blog is also available.

Assisting clients for 40 years, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. is one of the largest intellectual property specialty firms in the United States. The firm provides a full range of intellectual property services, including litigation matters in all courts, as well as trademark, copyright and patent interference services