Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 11:24 PM EST) -- A look back on 2013 reveals that one reform enacted under the America Invents Act — patent office litigation — has perhaps had the most immediate and dramatic impact. While many predicted that inter partes review (IPR) proceedings would change the face of patent litigation, few could have predicted the intense momentum and widespread acceptance these proceedings have gained in such a short time. Indeed, as of Dec. 5, 2013, 723 IPR petitions have been filed, averaging more than 20 petitions per week.
IPR proceedings have, of course, maintained many of the advantages over district court litigation that were found in...
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