The Reexamination Center Executive Interview: Dr. Nancy J. Linck
January 11th, 2012
The Reexamination Center interviews Nancy J. Linck, Ph.D., partner at intellectual property law firm Rothwell, Figg, Ernst &Manbeck, P.C. on a variety of post-grant challenge options at the PTO, including inter partes and ex partes reexamination and the new options introduced within the America Invents Act signed into law in September 2011. From August 1994 until November 1998, Dr. Linck was the Solicitor of Patents and Trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Between May 2006 and February 2008, she served as an Administrative Patent Judge on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences in the Board’s biotechnology practice group.Dr. Linck’s experience in inter partes matters before the Office began with her role as one of the drafters of the inter partes reexamination legislation that was ultimately enacted in November 1999. In 2002, she testified before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property of the House Judiciary Committee regarding needed improvements in inter partes reexamination to make the process more meaningful, including a third party right to appeal to the Federal Circuit. Such a right is now available and has made reexamination an attractive, less expensive alternative to litigation.
The views expressed by Dr. Linck during the interview are her own and not necessarily those of her firm.
Read the full interview here.