What if there was a way to fight contested patents without ever going to court? Using a new procedure called inter partes review created by the 2011 America Invents Act, your wildest dreams could become reality. And now, many top technology companies are beginning to hop on board with the procedure.
Inter partes review allows companies to bypass court proceedings, instead having their case heard by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). As InsideCounsel has previously examined, there are both positives and negatives to this type of system. But a little more than a year after the PTO originally started accepting petitions, technology companies are saying that the positives outweigh the negatives.