IP Today Guest Article: Inter Partes Review: How is it Going So Far?


It has been about one year (September 16, 2012) since the USPTO began accepting petitions for inter partes review, or IPR. This is a new procedure at the Patent Office that was established by the America Invents Act (AIA) to permit members of the public to request the Office review of an issued patent. In many ways, IPRs are like the previously available inter partes reexaminations they replaced in September 2012. Key differences, however, include the fact an IPR is a trial before a board of patent judges (the Board), instead of an examination before a patent examiner.

Excerpted from IP Today, September 12, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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