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Williams Mullen: The Joinder Provision in the Patent Reform Act: Leveling the Playing Field Against Multi-Defendant NPE Suits

Editor Robert C. Van Arnam A new season is under way and some of the rules have changed. For years, defendants have been forced to play together in unscheduled away games on the Non-Practicing Entities' ("NPE") home field. That should no longer be the case. The recently...

Patents Post-Grant: USPTO to Break Patent Troll Business Model in September?

Contingency Model Undermined by New USPTO Post Grant Proceedings Non-practicing entities or "patent trolls" are generally those plaintiffs that seek to enforce patent rights against an industry in which they themselves do not compete. Stated another way, an NPE's only business is patent...

Patents Post-Grant: AIA Post Grant Proceedings Begin to Impact NPE Assertions

Rippling Effect of PTAB Proceedings to Upset Patent Litigation Business Model? Opponents of the U.S. patent system are quick to deride the America Invents Act (AIA) as a failure when it comes to the so called "patent troll" or "non-practicing entity" (NPE) problem. Indeed, a steady...

Patents Post-Grant: Patent Trolls Drive Demand for New AIA Post Grant Proceedings

Demand for IPR Driven by Patent Troll Assertions On September 16th, 2012 the new post grant patent proceedings of the America Invents Act (AIA) became available to patent challengers for the first time. These proceedings have only been available for a few months, but there has been a robust demand...