|September 20, 2012|
Previously published on September 17, 2012
First Petition for Review of a Patent under the AIA Filed Yesterday
The following provisions of the AIA became effective Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM, the one year anniversary of the AIA:
Covered Business Methods Review requested by third parties of business methods patents
Post-Grant Review of issued patents requested by third parties
Inter Partes Review of issued patents requested by third parties
Citation of Patent Owner Claim Scope Statements
Supplemental Examination by a patentee
Preissuance Submissions by third parties in a patent application
New Standards for Inventors Oath or Declaration
First Petition for Review of a Covered Business Methods Patent Filed September 16, 2012
Although expected by many to be a rare event, the first petition for review of a business methods patent was filed yesterday. The petition was filed by a defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit that is currently on appeal. The petition alleges invalidity under several statutory grounds, including nonpatentable subject matter, indefiniteness and lack of novelty. If the petition is granted, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will issue a decision within a year or at most eighteen months. The fee for filing the petition is high - $35,800.
More Options Available to Applicants, Patent Owners and Third Parties
Now applicants, patent owners and third parties have additional means to assert positions, whether supportive or adverse, with respect to patent applications and issued patents. For example, third parties may file a request for consideration of references in a patent application by preissuance submission provisions of the AIA or file requests for review of issued patents in post-grant review provisions of the AIA. The impact of these provisions will be carefully watched by business owners and patent attorneys, who will weigh the benefits and risks prior to filing such requests.