Settlement: The Point of No Return

In Blackberry Corporation v. Mobilemedia Ideas, LLC, IPR2013-00036, Paper 64, (January 21, 2014); Blackberry Corporation v. Mobilemedia Ideas, LLC, IPR2013-00016, Paper 31, (December 11, 2013), the parties settled their disputes, and the parties jointly moved to terminate the proceeding.  The Board terminated as to the Petitioner, but determined that it was so late in the proceeding that the inter partes review should continue on desipte the settlement.  It is not clear exactly where it is, but it is clear that there is a point of no return in inter partes review proceedings.

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About Bryan Wheelock

Education J.D., Washington University in St. Louis B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University Bryan Wheelock's practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and drafting of intellectual property agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has brought and defended lawsuits in federal and state courts relating to intellectual property and has participated in seizures of counterfeit and infringing goods. Bryan prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for medical devices, mechanical and electromechanical devices, manufacturing machinery and processes, metal alloys and other materials. He also does a substantial amount of patentability searching, trademark availability searching and patent and trademark infringement studies. In addition to his practice at Harness Dickey, Bryan is an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law and Washington University School of Engineering.