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 final rules implementing new post-grant proceedings introduced by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act go into effect on September 16, 2012. The final rules governing these proceedings—including post-grant review, inter partes review, and the transitional program for covered business method patents—include several significant changes from the proposed rules published earlier this year.
Please join Mayer Brown attorneys Joseph Mahoney, Sharon Israel, and Kyle Friesen as they review how the new post-grant system will operate under the final rules. Topics to be covered during the webinar include:
- The framework for motion-based procedure of the post-grant proceedings
- Key procedures, including filing petitions, discovery, and claim amendments
- Strategic considerations, including estoppel and fees
- The role of post-grant proceedings in patent litigation