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Reexamination and Post Grant Review

Are Your Competitors Gaining On You? – Monitoring Competitor Patent Activities

How aware are you of your competitor’s patenting activities? Are they seeking patents that could impact your development of future product lines in your technology area? Are they moving into new technologies that could be game-changers? Are new players entering your space? One way to gain some insight into your competitor’s activities is to monitor…

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over- Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Strengthens Reexamination Process

On July 2, 2013 the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Fresenius USA v. Baxter International, Inc., Case. No. 2012-1334, 1335 (Fed. Cir. July 2, 2013), which enhances the ability of patent infringement defendants to invalidate patents via the ex parte reexamination process. The ex parte reexamination process allows anyone to ask…

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I Got a Cease and Desist Letter – What Do I Do?

  When patent holders want to let someone know that they are infringing their patent(s), they often send what is known as a “cease and desist” letter.  The letter usually mentions the patent number and the product the patent holder thinks is infringing and demands that you stop making, using, selling, or importing it, as…

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Strategies for Leveraging the America Invents Act’s Tools for Challenging Patents

With the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA), companies now have a wide array of tools for challenging and neutralizing patents before they become a threat.  Each tool has its advantages and disadvantages, but collectively they may allow companies to head off district court infringement suits before they can happen. The various tools are:…

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My Competitor Is About to Get an Invalid Patent—What Can I Do?

The process of examining U.S. patent application is ex parte and does not involve third parties. The examination is based on the prior art that the applicant submits to the Patent Office and the prior art that the examiner uncovers in his or her searches.  Many companies try to stay aware of their competitors’ patenting…

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How Can They Get a Patent On That?—Invalidating Patents

“How can they get a patent on that”?  This is a question I’ve heard countless times from clients after receiving a cease and desist letter threatening to sue them for patent infringement.  Patent examination is ex parte, so only the applicant and the examiner are involved.  The examiner is the gate keeper of the system…

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