USPTO To Face Growing Pains Over Post-Grant Reviews

Law360, San Diego (September 15, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT) -- The patent reform bill’s post-grant review process calls for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to establish a faster and more expansive procedure for attacking recently issued patents, but transitioning to this ambitious system could prove difficult for the agency and place new burdens on patent owners and challengers, attorneys say.

The provision of the America Invents Act, which passed the Senate on Sept. 8 and is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature, is intended to weed out bad patents by allowing for any party to petition...
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