Over the last several years, the patent landscape has changed dramatically, due to changes introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA). One of the most significant changes is the establishment of new post-grant patent proceedings, including Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post-Grant Review (PGR) and Covered Business Method Review (CBMR).
“The introduction of these proceedings has dramatically changed how the validity of patents are challenged and evaluated, and has had a wide-ranging impact on the patent litigation landscape,” said Luke Pedersen, Chair of Baker Botts' PTAB Trials practice.
“Every week brings new decisions and rulings that offer insight into how the PTAB is handling these proceedings and interpreting statutes and regulations associated with the AIA. As leaders in the patent prosecution and litigation arena, the Baker Botts PTAB Trials Blog will provide a unique perspective on news, trends and analysis of PTAB proceedings as they evolve,” added Mr. Pedersen.
“With over 160 IP lawyers, holding over 180 advanced degrees, Baker Botts has an incredibly deep bench of practitioners with a wealth of experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings. Lawyers in our PTAB Trials practice have already participated in over 135 IPRs and 10 CBMRs on behalf of our clients,” said Bart Showalter, Chair of Baker Botts' Intellectual Property practice.
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Scott Powers focuses on all types of complex business litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Mr. Powers has appeared in state and federal trial courts on a variety of matters throughout Texas, as well as in state and/or federal courts in California, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada. Mr. Powers has also represented clients in arbitrations and in appeals, including appeals in the Austin Court of Appeals, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Drawing on his depth and breadth of trial and appellate experience, Mr. Powers assists clients in a variety of industries facing a diverse array of legal challenges in connection with disputes, including assisting clients to resolve dispute before litigation is filed.
In addition to representing clients, Mr. Powers also serves as the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the firm’s Austin office.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Powers served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Wayne Justice, Senior United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
HONG KONG, September 2, 2015 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Michael Arruda, Joanne
“Baker Botts is a top global legal brand, and adding high-quality lawyers supports our international growth strategy and offers significant additional value to our clients,” added Mr. Baker.
Arruda, Du and Georgiou join Baker Botts from the Hong Kong office of Jones Day.
“Over the last 12 months, we have added new lawyers in London, Dubai and now Hong Kong/Beijing. This speaks to our commitment to expanding our international capabilities through the addition of highly regarded lawyers with in-depth knowledge and experience in their respective practice areas,” said Jamie Baker, Chair of Baker Botts’ Global Projects Group.
“Joining Baker Botts positions our practice on a world-renowned energy platform,” said Mike Arruda. “The firm’s reputation in arbitration will further enable, as well as enhance, the
About the Lawyers
Michael Arruda has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of oil and gas matters, primarily representing international and national oil and gas companies and other industry clients in their full range of activity, from exploration and development through midstream processing and transportation, to downstream refining and sales, as well as oilfield services. Mike also has significant oil and gas merger and acquisitions experience for Asian-based clients going overseas as well as global clients looking to invest in Asia.
Joanne Du counsels national and international oil and gas clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint
Phillip Georgiou is a highly respected international arbitration lawyer with significant experience, having represented clients in arbitration cases in Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout the Asia region before various institutions including ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, JCAA, KLRCA and CIETAC as well as ad hoc tribunals under the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration. He is well known in the Hong Kong construction disputes field and has regularly represented clients in both arbitration and High Court litigation proceedings. In addition, he is one of the few international arbitration lawyers in Asia with considerable experience in energy-related disputes, including matters arising out of production sharing contracts, joint operating agreements, construction and engineering contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and power purchase agreements.
On November 6, 2015, Baker Botts Advises Hercules Offshore In Prepackaged Chapter 11 Case Restructuring over $1.2 Billion in Debt.
On December 18, 2015, extensions to the production and investment tax credits that are applicable to wind, solar and other renewable power projects were enacted
Baker Botts lawyers discuss the popularity of post-grant review (“PGR”) proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss Notice 2015-79 (the “2015 Notice”), released on November 19, 2015.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss the standard for determining whether a reference qualifies as “analogous art” in connection with an assertion of obviousness.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss voting policies for the 2016 proxy season.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss how the Supreme Court carefully guards the twenty-year expiration date of a patent, allowing the public the unrestricted right to make or use a patented article after that date.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss the 2014 Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International decision.
On August 18, 2015, EPA proposed a sweeping expansion of the existing Clean Air Act new source performance standards (“NSPS”) designed to reduce methane and VOC emissions from upstream and midstream operations.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss recent developments in the area of IP and antitrust enforcement, including recent European Commission decisions in the smartphones and pharmaceuticals industries.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 (“Amendment”) and its applications.
International Trade Update
On January 16, 2016, the United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany and Iran, with the High Representative of the European Union (“EU”) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, marked the arrival of Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the international agreement designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program.