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PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) or district court? Where should I bring my patent validity challenge? Hundreds of lawyers and their clients decide every year that the PTAB is their first choice of venue to invalidate a patent. Described as a “death squad,” the PTAB does indeed offer a number of advantages over a traditional invalidity defense in court. The claim interpretation is broader; the evidentiary standard is lower; the PTAB judges are technically trained and understand very well what is legally obvious; PTAB trials are fast and less expensive than traditional court litigation; and district courts are often happy to stay a patent case pending a PTAB trial. It is not surprising that so many opt to have their patent validity challenges decided by the PTAB rather than a lay jury in eastern Texas. Yet, behind the allure of an easy, quick, cheap victory at the PTAB are serious risks for the unwary, and the PTAB is not the best venue for all validity challenges. This webinar will discuss in detail the various pros and cons of the PTAB as an alternative (and sometimes an adjunct) to district court for patent validity challenges.