IP Boutiques Lead the Pack
The USPTO has received over 100 post grant filings since it began accepting petitions for the post grant patent trial proceedings of the America Invents Act (AIA). With a statistically significant sample now on record, the leading post grant practice groups are beginning to emerge. Not surprisingly, the top firms are IP boutiques with well established patent reexamination and patent interference practices, such as Oblon Spivak and Sterne Kessler.
Below is a snap shot of the top firms based upon 2012 filings. The firms listed represent the leaders in overall representations, as well as client diversity (i.e., number of different entities represented). The Oblon firm, in addition to leading in overall representations with 27, also leads in client diversity with 7 different entities. Sterne Kessler, the # 3 firm in representations (10), represents 5 different entities (the second highest in client diversity).
I reserve the right to discontinue these rankings when they are no longer as blatantly self serving :)
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For those seeking CLE in the coming months, attorneys from Oblon Spivak and Sterne Kessler will be presenting the Practicing Law Institute’s USPTO Post Grant Trials- 2013 (now in its 4th year). I will be chairing the program once again, together with Rob Sterne of Sterne Kessler. This year’s program will coincide with the release of the new treatise entitled Post Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, stops include:
- Mar. 4, 2013 Chicago, IL
- Mar. 27, 2013 New York, NY (webcast)
- Apr. 15, 2013 San Francisco, CA
- Apr. 29, 2013 Austin, TX
See you there.