What are Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post Grant Review (PGR)? Why does it matter to businesses in the US? Join attorneys Ha Kung Wong and John Kirkland for this in-depth discussion.
In the distant past, challenging the validity of a patent was predominantly the domain of district courts. But after the America Invents Act, specific trial-like challenges to patent validity and enforceability can be pursued at the US Patent & Trademark Office. With similarities to litigation, including briefing, expert reports and depositions, as well as significant differences, including different burdens of proof and limited discovery, IPRs and PGRs have become the forum of choice for patent challengers. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of these proceedings, it’s even more important for businesses of all kinds to understand the ins and outs of these procedures and how it might affect the ability to produce and sell new products.
Ha Kung Wong practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on complex patent and trade secret litigation in pharmaceuticals, biologics and chemistry. Cases Ha Kung has litigated include those related to proton pump inhibitors, anti-epileptic drugs, anti-tussives, psychotropic agents, siRNA and other pharmaceuticals. Mr. Wong also has extensive experience with inter partes review (IPR), post grant review (PGR), intellectual property counseling, pre-suit investigations, licensing and due diligence.
Mr. Wong is the recipient of the 2017 ILO Client Choice Individual Award for Intellectual Property in New York, was named to The National Law Journal’s 2017 inaugural list of Elite Boutique Trailblazers and was recognized as a 2018 LMG Life Sciences Star. He serves as faculty for NITA (the National Institute of Trial Advocacy) and Lawline, and has been named a Furthered 40 by Lawline for his contributions. He is also an Advisory Board Member for The Center for Biosimilars.
John Kirkland is Director of Intellectual Property at Alkermes, Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts. At Alkermes, Mr. Kirkland has responsibility for all aspects of U.S. patent disputes, in both judicial and administrative tribunals. Prior to joining Alkermes, Mr. Kirkland was Counsel at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where he advised clients in all aspects of intellectual property matters, including disputes arising under the Hatch Waxman Act.
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Entertaining and informative.
Great presentation both in substance and entertainment.
Mr. Wong is an excellent presenter.
Wonderful presenters! I appreciate the humor and passion for the subject matter.