With David L. Cavanaugh, Natalie R. Pous
On Friday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) held the first hearing for an Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceeding. IPR proceedings are a new proceeding at the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to adjudicate the validity of issued patents as part of several patent reforms enabled by the America Invents Act (AIA) signed into law on September 16, 2011.