The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) enacted the most significant changes to the US patent system since 1952. The AIA, in part, requires the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to establish new administrative proceedings for interested parties seeking to challenge the patentability of issued patents. This will affect existing and future litigation of patent validity issues.
Because of how difficult it can be to manage your IP rights and anticipate the strategic implications of the fast-changing regulatory landscape for patent litigation, we have developed the Post-Grant Intellect Series, which is intended to keep you abreast of new developments and to provide analysis of the regulatory environment through a range of programs and thought leadership pieces.
The AIA has brought, and will continue to bring, many changes to patent practice. While many of the rules for implementing the AIA are still being refined, and most will not be issued until September 2012 or March 2013, there are many ways you can prepare for how IP rights are to be managed, protected and valued.
Please join Mayer Brown attorneys Kyle Friesen, Sharon Israel and Robert McBride as they review some nuances of the AIA and the proposed rules and discuss what you may need to know to prepare for their implementation. Topics to be covered during the webinar include:
- Preparing for the implementation of inter partes review on September 16, 2012
- The ongoing development of the rules governing inter partes and post-grant review
- Standing orders and rules governing trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
- Unique strategic considerations to USPTO proceedings, including estoppel, claim amendments and USPTO legal standards