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: 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...

States Getting in on Patent Infringement Fight

by Rich Ehisen For all intents and purposes, patent law reform is an issue that has long been the purview of the federal government and the court system. But with intense pressure building at all levels of government to combat so-called "patent trolls" — companies that exist primarily...

Back to Basics: Focusing on Patent Quality to Fight Patent Trolls

Here’s a suggestion for a movie sequel. It takes its cue from the 2012 dark fantasy action film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , which was based on a mashup novel of the same name. This is the idea: Barack Obama: Patent Troll Slayer! It’s got… executive branch attitude! If that...