Expert Counsel On Post-Grant Proceedings And Strategies
At Wood Herron & Evans, our attorneys have experience in all aspects of patent practice. This includes not only patent prosecution, patent licensing and patent litigation, but also existing post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), such as reissuance, ex parte and inter partes re-examination, and interference.
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act enacted in 2011 created several new types of USPTO post-grant proceedings, namely:
- Post-grant review
- Inter partes review
- Supplemental examination
- Transitional business method patent review
- Derivation proceedings
These post-grant proceedings have as their main purpose the ability of interested parties to challenge the validity of a patent without having to resort to more costly patent infringement court actions.
Practice Group To Focus On Post-Grant Proceedings And Patent Litigation
Within our firm, we established a practice group to focus on the complexities of these existing and new USPTO post-grant proceedings, and how they interface with traditional patent litigation. This practice group is of great benefit to our clients, by enabling our clients to fully consider all of the available options for protecting their patent rights and their product lines, so that our lawyers can guide them toward the most appropriate course of action.