Favorable Trends For Patent Owners Post-Aqua Products

Law360 (November 20, 2019, 1:09 PM EST) -- When former President Barack Obama signed the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act into law on Sept. 16, 2011, the patent system in the United States underwent one of its most sweeping and significant overhauls. The AIA replaced the then-existing post-grant review proceeding of inter partes reexamination with several new proceedings known as inter partes review, post grant review and covered business method patent review. 

Congress implemented AIA reviews to streamline disputes over patent validity, with the goal of reducing costs for all involved. One tool Congress provided to patent owners is the ability to amend claims during an AIA review should any...

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