Press Release January 24, 2019

Alston & Bird IP Attorneys Issue Second Edition of Book on Navigating USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings

After a successful first edition, Alston & Bird attorneys in the firm’s Intellectual Property Post-Grant Practice have followed up with a second edition of their book for navigating post-grant proceedings of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Edited by Alston & Bird IP partners Ben Pleune and Christopher Douglas and published by Wolters Kluwer, the USPTO Post-Grant Trials Handbook, Second Edition, explores post-grant proceedings introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA) for challenging the validity of an issued patent: inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method review.

The book’s second edition offers readers the same practical, step-by-step guidance as the first. It has been updated to reflect new laws, recent opinions, and the continued evolution of strategy for the successful execution and defense of post-grant trials before the PTAB.

The book draws on the direct experience of Alston & Bird attorneys in successfully representing clients before the PTAB. In addition to providing a history of the AIA, the book serves as a comprehensive resource guide, offering specifics on the nuts and bolts of preparing for each stage of trial, insights into applying both precedent and statutory interpretation to form successful strategies for navigating a post-grant trial proceeding, and guidance on how to apply each rule to achieve a particular result.

In addition to Pleune and Douglas, a team of Alston & Bird patent litigators and prosecutors comprised the book’s editorial committee: Kirk Bradley, Natalie Clayton, Ryan Koppelman, James Abe, Pamela Councill, and Christopher Kelly.

They were joined by the following Alston & Bird attorneys who served as book contributors: Lauren Burrow, Linda Chang, Ravi Fernando, Beth Groeber, Zack Higbee, Andrew Ligotti, Sam Merritt, Dan O’Connor, Nicholas Tsui, Joshua Weeks, and Chris Ziegler.

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