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David Gass is a registered patent attorney for biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostics companies, universities, and research institutions, helping clients develop and implement IP strategies to protect and commercialize life-improving biotechnology inventions. He assists clients with patentability analyses, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and maximizing patent term and patent life-cycle for products. He also assists clients with freedom-to-operate issues relative to the IP rights of others. He has experience with appeals and inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including interferences, reexamination and reissue proceedings. Read full bio here.

Line of business people in profileBiotechnology patent applicants dissatisfied with the examination of their patent applications can look to the PTAB for relief by filing an appeal – but they will need to be very, very patient. The procedures created by the America Invents Act (AIA) for challenging U.S. patents – inter partes review, post grant review, and covered business methods – have transformed strategies for contesting the validity of patents.  In just a few years, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has become one of the busiest forums for contesting patent validity, due in part because the PTAB must complete its review within 18 months of receiving a petition. Patent applicants dissatisfied with a patent examiner’s rejection of their patent application may appeal the rejections to  the same PTAB that administers AIA trials. But, these applicants cannot expect the PTAB to decide their appeal with the same timeliness with which the PTAB completes AIA trials.
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