The unintended consequences of IPR


The unintended consequences of IPR


Nearly three years after the introduction of the inter partes review, LSIPR explores its impact on the life sciences sector and asks whether it is creating a culture of ‘reverse trolling’.

Sometimes, a good tool can find itself in the wrong hands.

In September 2012, the America Invents Act (AIA) introduced the inter partes review (IPR), a quicker, more cost-effective way of challenging patents on the basis of prior art consisting of patents or printed publications.

The AIA patent reform was squarely aimed at curbing the activities of non-practising entities (NPEs), also known as ‘patent trolls’, which had made life unpredictable for innovators in the tech industry.

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