PTAB Proceedings


The America Invents Act (AIA) dramatically altered the patent litigation landscape with the creation of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and post-grant patentability proceedings: Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), Covered Business Method Reviews (CBMs) and Post-Grant Reviews (PGRs). These new administrative trials are attractive alternatives to district court litigation: they are lower-cost, fast (patentability decisions rendered within one year of trial initiation), and they utilize more liberal legal standards to demonstrate unpatentability. Moreover, these new proceedings can be leveraged strategically to complement litigation, stay litigations, or leverage business positions. Whether challenging or defending claim patentability, success requires counsel with deep administrative insight and litigation experience.

HEA has that combination of insight and experience. HEA’s post-grant practice group is positioned to provide a successful, highly responsive and cost-effective strategy, customized to achieve your business needs. HEA’s approach leverages its deep USPTO administrative knowledge with its technical and litigation expertise.

Jessica Harrison leads HEA’s post grant team, with 25 years of specialized USPTO experience. Ms. Harrison has successfully represented clients on Post Grant Proceedings since their introduction in September 2012. Ms. Harrison is also a former Central Reexamination Unit Supervisor and recognized subject matter expert for reexaminations, reissues, appeals, and interferences.

Ms. Harrison and her team have participated in over 25 post grant proceedings. HEA’s post grant team’s attorneys have been counsel to high profile companies in several high-stakes post-grant proceedings. They have engaged in numerous IPR and CBM petitions, motions, depositions, expert declarations, and interference proceedings. They have prosecuted numerous reexaminations and reissues, and they have represented clients before the International Trade Commission and before various district courts. They have successfully achieved claim cancellations, defended claim patentability, and have a proven record of achieving cost-saving dispute settlements on client’s behalf.