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Post Grant Practice

The America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011 ushered in sweeping patent system changes, including significant restructurings of the post-grant proceedings used to challenge and strengthen issued patents.

As one of the nation’s leading IP law firms, Cantor Colburn is exceptionally well positioned to guide clients through a radically reconfigured post-grant proceedings landscape that offers more choices -- and opportunities -- than ever before.

Our seasoned litigators, patent attorneys, and technical advisors possess the high degree of knowledge and experience required to provide the successful, results-driven representation our clients demand in any U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) post-grant proceeding.

Our well-qualified team boasts academic credentials in such diverse scientific and technical disciplines as molecular and cell biology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering.  Each of our Post-Grant Practice Team members is a registered USPTO attorney.

Charting a Course for Success
Many new AIA provisions are already in effect, while others will be phased in over time. While our Post-Grant Practice Team will continue to leverage our deep experience to guide clients engaged in proceedings that are in the process of being phased out, we are equally knowledgeable about the new procedures.

We understand our clients. Whether a client is defending or issuing a challenge, our team will fashion a course of action that maximizes opportunity and achieves their objectives. We begin by identifying the proceeding that best meets their goals. Then, we provide strategic, informed counsel and guidance every step of the way.

The AIA has replaced the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences with a new Patent Trial and Appeal Board. For clients wishing to challenge the validity of a competitor’s issued patent, the AIA offers four options. We can help clients determine the option that will best meet their needs.  

We also provide astute advice and guidance to clients wishing to enforce the patents they hold with AIA patent reissue options.