Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) was first made available via the America Invents Act (AIA) on September 16, 2012 as a counterpart to Post Grant Review. Accordingly, IPR is a procedure in which a third party may challenge the validity of patent claims based on existing prior art. Since its enactment, early statistics demonstrate that a staggering 87% success rate for the Petitioners to institute a trial with the Patent & Trial Appeal Board (“PTAB”) against the Patent Owners in the first year and equally favorable 76% success rate in the second year.
Google has recently announced an experiment to "remove friction from the patent market and improve the landscape" by offering The Patent Purchase Promotion. Between the period of May 8, 2015 and May 22, 2015, Google will be opening an online portal for patent holders to offer Google individual patent(s) for purchase. The seller sets a firm offer, and Google will respond with a simple yes or no. http://www.google.com/patents/licensing/#tab=pp
March is National Women’s History Month. Women have been instrumental in shaping the story of technological America. Their ingenuity, resilience, and willingness to challenge old norms has played an integral role in American innovation and technology.
Patent Reform is back in Congress and this time it is House Judiciary Bob Goodlatte, who will be reintroducing the legislation dedicated to reduce “patent trolling.” Patent trolling, as it is colloquially known, is a strategy typically employed to enforce patent rights owned by non-practicing (emphasis added) entities against accused infringers in attempts to collect lost royalties and/or licensing fees.
On March 24, 2015, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court held that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision is to be given issue preclusion effect when the usages it adjudciated are materially the same as those before a later district court proceeding.
This past Monday the Senate officially confirmed Michelle Lee as the new director of the US PTO. Director Lee is the first woman director of the agency, and previously served as Google's chief patent counsel. Since beginning her tenure at the US PTO, Director Lee has set her primary focus on improving patent quality in the US patent system. In line with this patent quality initiative, the US PTO has set forth six (6) proposals to serve as the focal points for the upcoming Patent Quality Summit on March 25-26, 2015.
USPTO to Discuss Privilege Issues Regarding Communications between Clients and their Patent AdvisorsWritten by Kaustubh Nadkarni
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is in quest to deliberate on issues concerning protections from disclosure for communications between patent applicants and their patent advisors. More specifically, the USPTO is commencing a discussion on whether and to what extent the U.S. Courts should recognize privilege for communications between U.S. patent practitioners and their clients in foreign jurisdictions; U.S. applicants and their "non-attorney" U.S. patent agents; and between foreign patent practitioners and their clients.