Patent Office Litigation, a new two-volume set, focuses on the new contested proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA). The book – published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw – examines how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice on all aspects of new contested proceedings.

“When the America Invents Act was passed last year, we knew the time was ripe for a book on the subject of contested proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office – a subject we refer to as patent office litigation,” said Robert Greene Sterne, Founding Director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C. and Editor-in-Chief of Patent Office Litigation. “No other firm could provide a more comprehensive look at these contested proceedings and how they will become a prominent component of patent enforcement litigation in the United States and around the world.”

Ushered in by the AIA, the new contested proceedings are the most significant development in patent practice since the creation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1982. Patent Office Litigation includes an in-depth examination of the effects of the AIA, providing a vital and comprehensive roadmap of the new patent world that these contested proceedings create.

Mr. Sterne has provided an online video series of six predictions concerning the new world of contested proceedings under AIA. The videos are available here or below

Prediction #1: The Spike
Prediction #2: How Do We Get It All Done?
Prediction #3: Obviousness is King
Prediction #4: The Inequitable Conduct Defense Is Alive & Very Well
Prediction #5: To Stay Or Not To Stay
Prediction #6: Estoppel Peek-a-Boo

Additional resources surrounding patents include the following titles:

*         Patent Law Handbook– provides a concise summary of controlling authority with expert commentary

*         Patent Reform 2011– analyzes and comments on the AIA

*         Practitioner’s Manual of Patent Examining Procedure – interprets and annotates the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

To view all the titles from Thomson Reuters Westlaw on this topic and others, visit

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