What is Harness Dickey?

Just about 90 years ago, our founder, J. King Harness, set forth a simple but powerful philosophy: Our client is our trusted business partner. This philosophy has been passed down through generations of Harness Dickey attorneys. We never compromise on thoroughness or responsiveness to client needs.  That philosophy is invaluable in times such as this, with the implementation of the most sweeping overhaul of the Patent Act in over 60 years – the America Invents Act.  Harness, Dickey is particularly well-suited to assist with the AIA’s implementation of new “trials” before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) – Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Review.  Harness Dickey’s lawyers, who have made us a world leader in patent prosecution and world beaters in patent litigation, sit right at the appropriate intersection of litigation and patent office practice that is the cornerstone of the new Patent Office trials.

We look forward to you joining the thousands of clients we have guided in all sectors of business and technology, and of all sizes, in advancing your intellectual property interests in Inter Partes Reviews and/or Post Grant Reviews.

Welcome to Litigation Practice at the USPTO

We welcome the arrival of Inter Partes Review (IPR), as of September 16, 2012, and Post Grant Review (PGR) as of March 16, 2012.  It is open for debate as to whether the America Invents Act (AIA) is true patent reform, but what is absolutely clear is that the AIA has changed patent practice forever.  Check back often for updates and blog entries, including a close watch on IPR filings and orders.  In the meantime, enjoy the presentation found HERE of a timeline of events to occur in an inter partes review and post grant review.  There are many, many details that simply cannot be displayed in such a format, as well as precedent to be watched at the Patent Office as the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) begins to handle its first cases.  But, this overview provides a fairly in-depth perspective on what patent owners and patent challengers can expect with these new proceedings.  Happy Litigating at the Patent Office!