Professor Ghosh Participates in PatCon 7 Patent Conference

Posted on Wednesday 4/12/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, recently presented at the Seventh Annual Patent Conference at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Ghosh presented at the invitation-only conference on the internal dynamics of a new proceeding within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allowing challenges to recently granted patents.

“My initial finding is that while this proceeding was implemented to weed out improperly granted patents, many petitions settle before there is a review by the Patent Trial and Appellate Board,” said Ghosh. “I plan future research to examine whether these settlements reflect the fact that the petitions may have been improper or whether these settlements are collusive arrangements to keep improperly granted patents from being invalidated. This research should offer insight into the dynamics of patent litigation and the administrative proceedings created by the America Invents Act of 2011.” 

Please send all inquiries about this research or related questions to Professor Ghosh