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Posturing ip rs for settlement (2016-03-24)

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A petitioner has to carefully craft IPR petitions to obtain institution of trial with the PTAB. But another way to “win” an IPR is to posture the petition filing to encourage early settlement with the patent owner. Learn how IPR petitions are perceived by both the petitioner and patent owner at various stages of an IPR and strategies that maximize early settlement potential.

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Posturing ip rs for settlement (2016-03-24)

  1. 1. Posturing  IPRs  for  Se0lement   Timothy  E.  Bianchi   Patent  A0orney   Schwegman  Lundberg  Woessner,  PA   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   1  
  2. 2. About  Tim  Bianchi   •  M.S.E.E.  Patent  A0orney   – Electronics,  Medical  Devices,  SoLware   •  Principal,  Schwegman  Lundberg  Woessner   – 120  patent  a0orneys  in  Minneapolis,  San  Jose,   AusNn  +   – Patent  Prep  &  ProsecuNon   – Opinions  and  Due  Diligence   – LiNgaNon  Support   – Post-­‐Grant  Proceedings   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   2  
  3. 3. About  Today’s  Talk   •  Brief  IntroducNon  With  IPR  StaNsNcs   •  PeNNoners  and  Patent  Owners  Viewpoints   –  Why  they  overlook  opportuniNes  to  se0le   –  Benefits   •  For  both  ParNes,  Se0lement:   –  Saves  Nme  and  money   –  Provides  Certainty  and  reduces  risk   •  Timing  Factors  for  PotenNal  Early  Se0lement   •  Posturing  Your  IPR  for  Early  Se0lement   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   3  
  4. 4. A  Few  StaNsNcs  –  Total  AIA  PeNNons   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   4   Source:    USPTO   Data  Current  to   2/29/2016    
  5. 5. PeNNons  Per  Year   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   5   Source:    USPTO   Data  Current  to   2/29/2016    
  6. 6. IPR  Decisions   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   6   Source:    USPTO   Data  Current  to   2/29/2016    
  7. 7. IPR  Se0lements   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   7   Source:    USPTO   Data  Current  to   2/29/2016    
  8. 8. CBM  Decisions   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   8   Source:    USPTO   Data  Current  to   2/29/2016    
  9. 9. CBM  Se0lements   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   9   Source:    USPTO   Data  Current  to   2/29/2016    
  10. 10. PeNNoner  Psychology   •  Patent  has  every  appearance  of  being  invalid   –  Known  publicaNon  prior  art  “data  points”   –  Concern  about  certain  dependent  claims?   •  NonpublicaNon  Prior  Art  also  Known   –  Non-­‐publicaNon  prior  art  can  be  useful  in  patent  liNgaNon  if  IPR  not  successful   •  IPRs  are  staNsNcally  successful,  but  if  I  don’t  win  on  insNtuNon  of  IPR  on  at   least  the  relevant  claims  it  will  be  harder  to  defend  against  this  patent   •  Conclusions:   –  Patent  Owner  is  not  being  reasonable   –  Company  Will  Not  Pay  For  License/Patent   –  As  long  as  insNtuNon  and  final  wri0en  decision  against  patent  is  likely,   PeNNoner  will  forge  ahead   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   10  
  11. 11. PeNNoner  Wants  to  Know   •  Will  the  IPR  be  successful?   –  Against  all  relevant  claims?   •  Are  there  relevant  dependent  claims  that  are  likely  to  survive  the  IPR?   –  ParNal  insNtuNon  and/or  parNal  invalidity  is  not  a  full  soluNon   •  Can  I  get  a  claim  construcNon  that  will  resolve  issues  for  me   in  a  parallel  liNgaNon?   •  Does  the  Patent  Owner  have  a  right  to  file  conNnuaNons?   •  Will  this  challenge  of  the  patent  help  me  or  help  my   compeNNon  or  both?   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   11  
  12. 12. Psychology  of  Patent  Owner   •  My  claims  were  allowed  for  a  reason   –  The  Patent  Office  issued  the  claimed  invenNon   –  Want  to  tell  my  story  of  why  my  claims  are  patentable  over  the  prior  art   •  The  peNNon  is  flawed   –  It  has  defects   –  The  cited  prior  art  is  not  on  point   •  Or:  prior  art  is  analogous,  but  I  have  dependent  claims  that  should  survive  the  IPR   •  If  my  patent  claims  are  insNtuted  for  trial,  it  could  ruin  my  chances  to   enforce  patent  against  PeNNoner  and  against  other  defendants   •  Patent  Owner  wants  to  fight  the  IPR,  but  insNtuNon  is  a  serious  threat   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   12  
  13. 13. Patent  Owner  Wants  to   •  Tell  a  consistent  story  with  its  patents   –  How  can  that  be  done  with  BRI  v.  Phillips  claim   construcNons?   •  Use  the  IPR  to  strengthen  its  patent(s)   –  That  which  does  not  kill  my  patents,  only  makes  them   stronger   –  But  avoid  joinder  opportuniNes  for  other  potenNal   PeNNoner  Defendants     •  Educate  other  infringers  about  the  strength  if  its   pornolio   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   13  
  14. 14. IPR  Timeline  (early  stages)   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   14   PeNNoner   Patent  Owner   Early  Se0lement  OpportuniNes   Data  Gathering   PeNNon   Filing   PeNNon  Prep   Data  Gathering   Prelim  Response  Prep   Prelim   Resp  Filing   InsNtuNon   Decision   3  Mos.  Max   Pre-­‐Prep   Pre-­‐Filing   Pre-­‐Prelim   Resp   Pre-­‐ID  
  15. 15. IPR  Timeline  (cont’d)   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   15   PeNNoner   Patent  Owner   Data  Gathering   PO   Response   PO  Response  Prep   Data  Gathering   Reply  Prep   PeNNoner   Reply   InsNtuNon   Decision   Hearing/ FWD  
  16. 16. PeNNoners  Can  Encourage  Early   Se0lement   •  Develop  case  thoroughly   •  Need  best  prior  art  and  arguments   •  Know  how  you  stand  compared  to  other  defendants   –  RelaNve  sizes  of  liability   –  Timing  of  suits/bars   –  IPR  team  factors   –  ComplicaNng  factors   •  e.g.  real  party  in  interest   •  Work  with  liNgaNon  team   •  Communicate  the  strengths  of  PeNNoner’s  IPR  without  undermining  it   –  PeNNoner  needs  to  show  that  it  understands  the  target  patent,  its  technology,  the  prior  art,   and  the  process  be0er  than  Patent  Owner  understands  it   •  SomeNmes  filing  is  the  only  way  to  resolve  the  case   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   16  
  17. 17. Patent  Owners  Can  Also  Encourage   Early  Se0lement   •  Analyze  patent  at  issue  promptly  in  either  case:   –  Upon  a  threat  of  IPR  (no  peNNon  filed)   •  Communicated  by  potenNal  peNNoner  or  liNgaNon  team   –  ALer  IPR  peNNon  is  filed   •  CriNcal  to  get  as  much  informaNon  as  possible  and  review  the  asserNons   using  experience  and  an  open  mind   •  If  a  peNNon  is  filed,  and  negoNaNon  is  not  a  likely  opNon,  prepare  a  strong   Patent  Owner’s  Preliminary  Response   •  Be  realisNc  about  the  prior  art  and  amendments   –  Broadest  reasonable  interpretaNon   •  Use  other  tools   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   17  
  18. 18. Higher  PotenNal  for  Se0lement  Before   the  InsNtuNon  Decision  When  .  .  .   •  PeNNoner  Defendant  is  not  the  Patent   Owner’s  main  target   – And  especially  If:   •  PeNNoner  has  a  strong  IPR  team  and  strong  IPR  peNNon   •  Other  Defendants  are  barred  under  the  315(b)  bar  for   failure  to  Nmely  file  an  IPR  peNNon   –  Joinder  is  their  only  entry  to  IPR   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   18  
  19. 19. Higher  PotenNal  For  Se0lement  ALer   InsNtuNon  Decision  When   •  ParNal  InsNtuNon  of  Claims   – Especially  when  PeNNoner  is  barred  or  effecNvely   barred  from  future  IPR  filings   •  MulNple  Patent  Cases  with  Many  PeNNons   – Especially  with  parNal  insNtuNon  of  patents/claims   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   19  
  20. 20. Discussion   •  If  QuesNons,  please  contact   – Tim  Bianchi   – (612)  373-­‐6912   –   – See  my  blog  on  patent  prosecuNon,  liNgaNon  and   post-­‐grant  topics  at   Copyright  2016  Timothy  E.  Bianchi  -­‐   Posturing  IPRs  for  Early  Se0lement   20