Q&A With Baker Botts' Barton E. Showalter

Law360, New York (December 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- While Seagate will make it more difficult to prove willful infringement, questions remain regarding the scope of waivers resulting from the production of an opinion letter and post-complaint activities to support a claim of willfulness, says Bart Showalter of Baker Botts in our series of chats with high-profile IP lawyers.

Q. Which aspects of IP law do you think are in need of reform, and why?

A. Two aspects of the patent laws come to mind — willful infringement and inter partes reexamination. The Federal Circuit...
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