Inter Partes Review Expert Witnesses
For high-stakes cases.
The Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) process allows parties to challenge the validity of one or more claims of a patent IF they can demonstrate a reasonable likelihood that they will prevail in the dispute. Instituted as part of the America Invents Act, under the IPR, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) conducts a hearing and makes a decision on patent validity. There are several rules which make an IPR much more cost-effective than more standard patent litigations. For example, an Inter Partes Review is statutorily required to be complete within one year of institution, though it may be extended by six months for good cause. Additionally, discovery is limited, and prior art is limited to patents and printed publications. And, appeals go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, bypassing very costly district court jury trials. Due to these cost savings and other efficiencies, the process is appealing to many parties who are challenging patent validity. Thousands of patents have been canceled as a result of the IPR process.
An IPR is typically heard by a three-judge panel, and though they typically have technical backgrounds, they may not have a background in the specific technical area in question. Thus, in the high-stakes world of an Inter Partes Review, expert witness testimony can significantly impact the outcome of a case. The right expert can help the PTAB reach the conclusions desired by your clients by explaining the complex issues and helping them make evidentiary determinations.
Rubin Anders provides search, screening and support services for law firms helping their clients with the IPR process. You can be confident we will leverage our nearly two decades of specialized experience, and our extensive team of lawyers, economists, and Ph.D. scientist-researchers, to understand your needs and use our deep network and years of practice to locate the perfect expert for your matter. We are widely known among the Am Law 100 as the go-to search firm for identifying expert witnesses for proceedings before the PTAB.
Committed to connecting attorneys with leading expert witnesses.
A significant portion of our business is helping clients identify expert witnesses for a wide range of inter partes review (IPR), patent litigation, Hatch-Waxman, ITC and other intellectual property matters.
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Exemplary service for patent or trademark expert placement.
Rubin Anders deploys a team and utilizes search methodologies designed to provide thoroughly vetted potential experts before we present them to clients. Our researchers are themselves Ph.D. scientists, engineers, and lawyers. Our professionals have the knowledge and experience to evaluate nuanced information in candidates’ credentials, as those nuances may relate to the specific needs of our clients’ cases.
Depending on the client’s specific needs, we consider a variety of factors for potential expert witnesses. Some of the factors we typically use at the beginning of a search include:
- The stated needs of our client
- Academic background and certifications
- Industry experience/professional background
- Patent credentials
- Testifying experience and history
- Geography, location, and travel requirements or limitations
- Qualifications, considering the opposing side’s witnesses
- Potential conflicts of interest
We are singularly committed to quickly locating the perfect expert for your case. To that end, we work with our clients to determine their timeline, priorities, and flexibility on the above criteria, in addition to considering other potential case-specific screening factors.
When you choose to work with Rubin Anders to identify expert witnesses, you are welcome to interview any of our presented candidates at no charge to you. We will arrange telephone or video calls with the experts at your convenience.
Once you choose an expert, we handle contract negotiations, billing, and extra paperwork, freeing you to focus on the details of your case. Finally, our service does not end when we locate a witness for you; we are always available to assist should unforeseen issues arise during the course of your matter.
Finally, our service does not end when we locate a witness for you; we are always available to assist should unforeseen issues arise during the course of your matter.
To learn more or to initiate a search for an expert for your IPR, contact us today.