Patent post-grant proceedings pick up where patent prosecution stops. Sometimes an issued U.S. patent may require additional correcting or the validity may be challenged after the patent is granted. Volpe Koenig has the technical understanding and experience before the USPTO to handle post-grant proceedings, including inter parte review (IPR) proceedings, covered business method (CBM) review proceedings, post-grant reviews (PGR), reissue applications, and reexaminations.
When a patent owner identifies errors after the issuance of a patent, discovers prior art not cited during original prosecution, or wishes to seek broader claim coverage, a reissue application or a request for reexamination may be considered. When considering challenging a patent, inter parte review proceedings, covered business method review proceedings, post-grant reviews, and reexaminations may be options to avoid or defer the expenses of litigation.
Volpe Koenig understands the highly technical rules that govern USPTO post-grant proceedings. Our professionals are experienced in providing counsel on the appropriate and most cost effective post-grant options to correct errors in patents, broaden claim scope, or challenge patents. Our team has had success with filing petitions for IPR, CBM, or PGR review of third party patents, and defending our client’s patents in the same proceedings.