How Inter Partes Review Became A Valuable Tool So Quickly

Law360, New York (August 16, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT) -- When inter partes review proceedings began last year as a new tool to resolve patent validity disputes, there were many reasons to conclude that parties would be slow to embrace it. Many patent practitioners pointed to the similarities between the new rules for IPR proceedings and the existing inter partes re-examination proceedings and predicted that the new IPR proceedings would be no more successful than the re-examination proceedings, noting that only 26 such re-examinations were filed in the first four years that process was available.[1]

Furthermore, estoppel effects, a perception of higher burdens of proof to institute an IPR proceeding, and...

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