April 17, 2012

Supplemental Examination

The America Invents Act (AIA) creates a number of USPTO-based procedures for reviewing issued patents. Among these is the new Supplemental Examination procedure. The procedure allows a patent owner to request Supplemental Examination of its issued patent by the USPTO “to consider, reconsider or correct information believed to be relevant to the patent.” In return, the AIA mandates that “a patent may not be held unenforceable on the basis of conduct relating to information that had not been considered, was inadequately considered, or was incorrect in a prior examination of that patent if the information was considered, reconsidered, or corrected during a supplemental examination of the patent.” Hence, the Supplemental Examination procedure offers patentees limited amnesty against accusations of inequitable conduct.

Samuel S. Woodley, PhD, Principal
Irene Hudson, Principal
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