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Challenging a competitor’s patent application with prior art

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 10:55 AM | By Noel Courage and Anastassia Trifonova

If a competitor files a patent application in the patent office on an unpatentable invention, the patent office should do its job and reject the patent application. However, patent examiners are working with limited time and resources for prior art searching and examination. Often, examiners are not aware of all the potentially relevant prior art. It is possible for a third party to assist the patent office to invalidate a competitor’s patent application before it becomes a granted patent that could be used to start a...