How To Attack Competitors’ Patents In The Us And Europe

Register for SVIPLA’s Seminar, which will take place on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 12:00pm PDT.


This webinar is about different options for invalidating a patent in the US and Europe and about suggestions for choosing the mechanisms appropriate for your client’s business situation.

A grant of a patent to your client’s competitor can be concerning. For example, if your client’s competitor received a patent, then your client may fear that the competitor could bring an infringement suit against your client. Hence, your client may wonder whether the competitor’s patent can be invalidated and how that can be done.

During this webinar, the speakers will address various options for invalidating a patent in the US and Europe, including post-grant reviews, oppositions, inter parte reviews, ex parte re-examination, nullity suits, and limitation procedures. The speakers will also provide suggestions for choosing the options suitable to the specific circumstances.


Malgorzata A. Kulczycka, Ph.D.

Dr. Kulczycka is a partner at Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP. Her practice focuses on client counseling and strategic patent prosecution in the areas of computer networks, artificial intelligence, Internet-related technologies, computer software, telecommunications, computer graphics, and electronics. Her computer network and software experiences include virtual machines, communications servers and routers, load balancing, artificial intelligence, high availability network mechanisms, VPN, dynamic DNS-based security systems, real-time distributed data compliance brokers, and cloud-based storage systems. Dr. Kulczycka has published many articles and presented several webinars on a variety of IP-related topics for the IP-community including the AIPLA organization, ABA, software companies, and startups.

Eric-Michael Dokter, Dipl.-Ing.

Mr. Dokter is a partner at Viering, Jentschura & Partner. He is a registered German Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney, a European Trademark Attorney, and a European Design Attorney. From 1999 until the end of 2014, he was a member of the Examination Committee for the European Qualifying Examination for European Patent Attorneys. Mr. Dokter focuses his work on German, European and International patent prosecution as well as legal opinions, litigation, and opposition, nullity, and invalidation proceedings. His technical focus includes information and communications technology including 3G, 4G, 5G, IEEE 802.11, semiconductor technologies, internet security, video and audio compression, AI, autonomous agents, E-Mobility, electronic circuits, databases, and the like. His clients include various Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-sized companies and startups.

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