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Under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), Inter Parte Review (IPR) proceedings became an option for challenging the validity of a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on September 16, 2012. IPR proceedings allow for a petitioner to challenge the validity of a patent under 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103 on the basis of prior art consisting of patents or printed publications. They are supposed to be completed quickly in a maximum of 18 months and the availability of IPR proceedings provides a cost-effective option in litigation tactics.
Our domain experts interpret the scope of the patent through comprehensive analysis of patent claims and prosecution history. Through our comprehensive patent analysis and smart search strategies, we appraise our clients with relevant prior art results that help in invalidating the patent in question. Further, we help our clients in preparing invalidity contentions to invalidate the patent.