Weaponizing IPRs

September 22, 2019

Patent reform was heralded as a way to clean out bad patents and fight “patent trolls.” In 2011, Congress passed the America Invents Act (AIA) and thereby created a tribunal within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for evaluating challenges to patent validity called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The PTAB and its proceedings (inter partes reviews, or IPRs, among others) were envisioned as an efficient vehicle for challenging the validity of issued patents. And in many ways, the PTAB has delivered on this promise.

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