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Protecting and Licensing University Patents in a Post-Oil States and SAS World

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 18th, 2018

With its decision in Oil States, the Supreme Court affirmed the Constitutionality of PTAB’s inter partes reviews, but in a simultaneous decision in SAS Institute, it also changed the rulebook for IPR decision-making — changes that have profound ramifications for the entire U.S. patent system – and universities in particular. At the same time, the U.S. Patent Office is changing the standard for how PTAB evaluates claims, moving to the “usual and customary meaning” standard in line with federal courts.

There’s a lot to unpack and digest from these rulings and changes, and they bring both good news and bad — along with plenty of uncertainty — for university TTOs. What do these decisions really mean? How should TTOs adjust their filing strategies to protect their patents? How will the changes affect licensing activity? Will PTAB challenges be more or less likely?

To answer those questions and more, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured a team of patent attorneys from the law firm Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC, who deal with post-grant proceedings on a regular basis, and technology transfer leaders from NUtech Ventures, who will provide the insight and guidance you need to react effectively to the changes. Join us July 25th for this critical webinar: Protecting and Licensing University Patents in a Post-Oil States and SAS World. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.


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