Supreme Court Affirms Changes to U.S. Patent Litigation System


On Monday, June 20, the Supreme Court affirmed two recent changes to the U.S. patent litigation system, specifically concerning trials at the United States Patent Office (PTO). Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee. The decision stems from a new type of patent litigation proceeding, called an inter partes review (IPR).

Congress created IPR in 2011 to streamline the patent litigation process by providing a less expensive alternative forum for reviewing patent validity. IPR proceedings are aimed at weeding out patents that should not have issued, without the need for a jury trial.

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