3 Benefits Of Parallel District Court Litigation And IPR

Law360, New York (June 9, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT) -- Inter partes review has become a popular, powerful tool for patent defendants. In many cases, it allows the defendant to get the expensive district court litigation stayed in favor of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's more focused and more economical validity review. The IPR proceeding must be completed within 12 months of the PTAB instituting the IPR, with a possible six-month extension for cause. That is half, or less, the lifespan of a typical district court litigation, and the cost is far less than half of defending a patent litigation.

The statistics show that most, but not all, district courts...

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