AIA Reviews A Growing Worry For Patent Owners, Attys Say

By Ryan Davis (April 3, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The new America Invents Act patent review proceedings have proven to be more popular, expensive and effective at canceling patents than many anticipated, striking fear into the hearts of those whose patents are targeted in the programs, attorneys said at a panel discussion Thursday.

Since the proceedings became available in late 2012, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled about 95 percent of the patent claims that have been challenged, creating huge risks for patent owners, Gene Quinn of Zies Widerman & Malek said at the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, Va.

"These proceedings are drastically...

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