September 22, 2016

Does Europe Issue Better Patents Than the United States?

David Newman, Chair of Gould & Ratner's Intellectual Property Practice, was featured in this InsideCounsel article, which cites European Patent Office President Benoît Battistelli saying his office scrutinizes patent applications more closely than the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which results in patents that are more legally sound.

David discusses this claim, as well as what can be done to improve the USPTO. According to David, passage of the America Invents Act a few years ago that enacted post-grant procedures at the USPTO such as Inter Partes Review (IPR) has resulted in a mostly positive reaction from the IP community. Further improvements along the lines of IPR that provide streamlined, lower-cost conflict resolution processes should be pursued at the USPTO, he recommends.

Read the full article here.