Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) calls for the creation of a post-grant opposition procedure

Michael Kirk, Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, recently testified before congress and called for the creation of an effective post-grant opposition procedure in the Patent Office.

Appearing at a congressional oversight hearing, Kirk pointed out that issued patents of questionable validity undermine the confidence of business and consumers. While the validity of such patents may be tested through litigation, reexamination, reissue, and interference proceedings, he observed that these options all suffer significant deficiencies. What is needed is a procedure that satisfies a competitor’s need for an adequate opportunity to challenge, the patent owner’s need for a prompt resolution of that challenge, and both parties’ need for an inexpensive proceeding.

Calendar of AIPLA Events:

Aug. 11-13: Practical Patent Prosecution Training for New Lawyers
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Oct. 14-16:2004 Annual Meeting
Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC