Get on Board With This Pilot Program
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has instituted its First Action Interview Pilot Program for patent applicants, writes Michael W. Piper. While currently a well-kept secret, legal departments seeking to obtain patents for their companies should understand and use the program.


Consider the Benefits of Contested Review Proceedings
Contested patent review proceedings typically will occur parallel to district court litigation. Many district court cases likely will be stayed during at least part of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board review. For this and other reasons, the PTAB review proceedings will impact patent litigation in Texas and elsewhere, write David L. McCombs, Theodore Foster and Thomas B. King.


Keep E-Discovery Costs Down in Patent Litigation
Patent litigation is expensive, and e-discovery costs can drive a significant portion of that expense. But runaway e-discovery costs are not inevitable; in-house counsel can and should employ strategies to control these costs when litigating a patent suit, write Victoria Wicken and Leah Buratti.