Examining AIA's High-Speed Inter Partes Review System
November 15, 2011, 12:17 PM EST
Law360, New York (November 15, 2011, 12:17 PM EST) -- The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law by President Obama on Sept. 16, 2011. Starting in one year, on Sept. 16, 2012, the entire universe of existing U.S. patents will suddenly be eligible for a new high-speed inter partes review system to resolve patent validity disputes under the AIA, which requires a conclusion in 18 months or less.
Many variables will impact how much this procedure will transform patent litigation in the U.S., including the U.S. Patent Office’s funding level as determined by...