지난해 2019년부터 아마존에서 시행하고 있는 Neutral Patent Evaluation Process 기본내용을 소개하고 실제로 미국변호사가 시도해본 실무경험을 소개한 블로그 내용입니다. 기본적으로 양 당사자가 자율적으로 동의한 경우 중립적 전문가로 하여금 특허침해여부를 판단하고, 그 판단에 따라 아마존 온라인 쇼핑몰에서 해당 상품의 노출 리스팅을 삭제할지 아니면 그대로 유지할지 여부를 결정하는 것입니다. 법원에서 특허소송에 어떤 영향을 미치는 것은 아닙니다. 블로그 포스팅 링크: Navigating Amazon’s Neutral Patent Evaluation in Real Life: Part I

 

Neutral Patent Evaluation Process 절차 및 기본내용

1. The patent owner requests to participate in Amazon’s Neutral Patent Evaluation Process.

 

2. The patent owner also submits a statement identifying the accused infringing products by their Amazon Standard Identification Number (or ASIN) and explains how the products infringe the patent. The number of products a patent owner may accuse is limited to 50 products.

 

3. Upon receipt of the patent owner’s request and the list of accused products, Amazon sends a neutral patent evaluation agreement to the patent owner and the infringing seller(s). Both must complete and execute this agreement in its entirety. The infringing seller has a three-week period of time to consider the agreement and to notify Amazon whether it agrees to participate in the Neutral Patent Evaluation Process. (1) If the seller agrees to the evaluation, its listings remain active until the conclusion of the neutral evaluation. (2) If, however, the seller does not comply with the agreement, or if the seller does not agree to participate in the evaluation process, the listings for the seller’s accused products are removed from Amazon’s marketplace.

 

4. If both parties agree to participate in the neutral evaluation, Amazon selects a neutral third-party patent lawyer and requires each party to pay the evaluator a $4,000 deposit.

 

5. After both parties pay the deposit the evaluator, the evaluator establishes a schedule for the submission of written arguments by both parties. Generally, the patent owner has 21 days to submit its initial arguments, the seller has 14 days to respond, and the patent owner has 7 days to optionally reply. No modifications to the schedule are permitted. The evaluator must announce his or her decision within 14 days of the patent owner’s reply deadline. The evaluator determines that the patent owner is or is not likely to prove that the accused product infringes the asserted claim. The evaluator only provides an explanation for the decision if he or she decides in favor of the seller. Some reasons the evaluator may cite for deciding in favor of the seller include: (1) the accused product does not infringe (i.e., it does not include all elements of the asserted claim); (2) a court has found the patent invalid or unenforceable; or (3) the accused products (or physically identical products) were on sale more than one year before the earliest effective filing date of the patent.

 

6. If the evaluator determines that the accused product infringes the patent, Amazon will take down the listings for the accused products.

 

7. If the evaluator’s conclusion is in favor of the seller, the accused products will remain listed on Amazon.

 

8. The prevailing party in the Patent Neutral Evaluation Process is refunded the $4,000 deposit. The $4,000 deposit from the losing party is retained by the evaluator. If there are multiple sellers who paid the $4,000 deposit but did not prevail, a total of $4,000 is retained by the evaluator. The remaining amount in excess of the $4,000 deposit is donated to an Amazon Smile charity of the patent owner’s choice. Amazon does not retain any portion of the deposit.

 

9. The losing party may not file an appeal or request reconsideration. However, the patent owner may commence a federal court action for patent infringement or the seller may file a federal declaratory judgment action as to infringement or validity of the patent.

 

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1. Starting an Evaluation.

To request an Evaluation, a Patent Owner submits an Amazon Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Agreement (“Agreement”) to Amazon, with all information requested in its Exhibit 1. Amazon then sends that Agreement to each Seller listing Accused Products and gives each the option of: (i) executing and returning the Agreement within three weeks, with all information requested in its Exhibit 2; or (ii) having their listings on Accused Products removed from www.amazon.com. If a Seller does not participate in the Evaluation or does not comply with the Agreement, Amazon intends to remove its listings of Accused Products. After receiving a completed Agreement from one or more Sellers, Amazon will use the information in Exhibits 1 and 2 of the Agreement to select a neutral individual from a list of attorneys experienced in U.S. patent disputes (“Evaluator”).

 

- 특허권자는 특허평가계약서(Amazon Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Agreement), 해당 특허정보, 판매자의 특허침해 주장 근거 등 간단한 정보를 Amazon에 제공.

- Amazon에서 판매자에게 사실 통보 후 특허평가 계약서에 서명하도록 요청

- 양측의 동의 후 Amazon은 지정한 평가자(evaluator)가 중립적으로 특허침해 판단

- 판매자가 Agreement에 서명하지 않으면, Amazon은 해당제품을 Amazon.com에서 삭제

 

2. Payment and Schedule.

Once selected, the Evaluator will contact the Patent Owner and each Seller with instructions to wire $4,000 to the Evaluator. If the Patent Owner does not submit $4,000 to the Evaluator within two weeks, no Evaluation will occur and any money submitted by Sellers will be returned. If a Seller does not submit $4,000 within two weeks, the Evaluator will notify Amazon, who will then remove that Seller’s listings of Accused Products. If no Seller submits $4,000, Amazon will remove all participating Sellers’ listings of the Accused Products and the Evaluator will return the Patent Owner’s payment.

 

- 특허권자와 판매자 - 각각 평가자에게 4천불씩 지급 + Amazon 비관여

- 특허권자 4천불 미지급 시 해당 제품 계속 판매

- 판매자 4천불 미지급 시 판매중지

 

3. Submission of Written Arguments.

After the Patent Owner and a Seller have timely submitted $4,000, the Evaluator will set a schedule for submission of written arguments (“Schedule”). In general, the Schedule will provide: (i) the Patent Owner with 21 days for its initial arguments; (ii) Sellers with 14 days to respond; and (iii) the Patent Owner with 7 days to reply. No modifications to the schedule can be requested. The Patent Owner may use a total of 20 double-spaced 8.5 x 11” pages between its two submissions. Each Seller may use 15 double-spaced pages in its response. Claim charts and exhibits are not counted against page limits. Each submission must be in English and emailed to the Evaluator and to the opposing Participants in the same email; physical exhibits cannot be submitted. Failure to timely make a submission by a Participant will generally result in a finding by the Evaluator against that Participant and forfeiture of its payment, except that the Patent Owner may waive reply.

 

- 양측 각 4천불 입금 후 평가자 특허평가 일정 지정

- 특허권자 21일 내 서면으로 특허침해주장(initial arguments) 제출

- 판매자는 그로부터 14일 이내 답변서 제출

- 특허권자는 판매자의 답변에 대하여 다시 7일 이내 반박서면 제출 가능

 

4. Evaluation is a Limited Procedure.

To make the Evaluation fast, efficient, and relatively low-cost, it is limited to one claim from one unexpired U.S. utility patent. Design, non-U.S., and expired patents are not eligible. The Patent Owner may include multiple ASINs in an Evaluation, but Amazon or the Evaluator may exclude ASINs of products not physically identical for purposes of the Evaluation. The Evaluation will address only Products sold by third-party sellers on www.amazon.com. The Evaluator will consider whether a Product likely infringes. Only two defenses other than non-infringement based on failure to meet one or more claim limitations will be considered by the Evaluator. First, Sellers can defend on the basis of invalidity and/or unenforceability of the asserted patent claim by providing a finding by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by the U.S. Patent Office or U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”), that the asserted patent claim is invalid or unenforceable. Arguments regarding, for example, invalidating prior art will not be accepted; the only way Sellers can show invalidity/unenforceability is by presenting a court, Patent Office, or ITC order finding an asserted patent claim invalid or unenforceable. Second, Sellers may show that the Accused Products (or physically identical products) were on sale one year or more before the asserted patent’s earliest effective filing date, only by using credible evidence that the Evaluator can independently observe (such as a date of first sale on amazon.com, or on the Wayback Machine). The Evaluator will not accept affidavits, declarations, or mere arguments about the date of first sale; the Seller must come forward with independently verifiable objective evidence that the Evaluator can confirm.

 

No discovery (e.g., depositions, document requests, etc.) will occur in the Evaluation, nor will there be a trial or hearing. The Patent Owner and Sellers may not contact the Evaluator, unless by email in response to an inquiry from the Evaluator, while copying the other parties. The Evaluator may consider any information submitted, giving any weight to that information the Evaluator believes appropriate.

 

- 소송절차와 같은 디스커버리(discovery), 변론(hearing), 재판(trial) 없음 - 간략한 제한된 평가절차

- 특허권자의 침해주장 범위 - 1개 제품(Amazon 제품분류 기준상), 1개 특허, 1개 청구항으로 제한

- 판매자의 대응수단 - (1) 비침해주장, (2) 무효, 행사불가능(unenforceability) 주장, (3) 선사용주장

 

5. Decision.

Within 14 days of the reply date, the Evaluator will announce a decision, choosing between: (i) the Patent Owner is likely to prove that the Accused Product infringes the asserted claim; or (ii) the Patent Owner is not likely to prove that the Accused Product infringes the asserted claim. The Evaluator will not provide reasoning if the Evaluator decides that the Patent Owner is likely to prove that the Accused Product infringes the asserted claim. If the Evaluator decides that Patent Owner is not likely to prove that the Accused Product infringes, the Evaluator shall provide a brief explanation of why the Patent Owner is unlikely to prove infringement. The Participants will not contact or question the Evaluator regarding his or her decision. There is no process for appeal or reconsideration of the decision.

 

- 모든 및 증거자료 제출 후 14일 이내 평가결정

- 특허침해 입증 개연성 또는 특허침해 입증 실패 개연성 판단, 판단 근거 공개

 

6. Disposition of Payments Following Evaluation.

If the Evaluator decides the Patent Owner is likely to prove that all Accused Products infringe, the Evaluator will return the Patent Owner’s $4,000 and retain a total of $4,000 divided evenly among the participating Sellers. If more than one Seller has participated and is found to infringe, the Evaluator will give any amount of Seller-deposited money in excess of $4,000 to an Amazon Smile charity chosen by the Patent Owner. If the Evaluator decides the Patent Owner is not likely to prove that any Accused Product infringes, the Evaluator will return participating Sellers’ payments and retain the Patent Owner’s $4,000. If the Evaluator decides the Patent Owner is likely to prove that some Accused Products infringe and not likely to prove that other Accused Products infringe, the Evaluator will: (i) retain $2,000 from the Patent Owner’s payment and return the remainder; (ii) return in full payments of participating Sellers whose Accused Products were found not to infringe; and (iii) retain $2,000, divided evenly among participating Sellers of Accused Products found to infringe. Any excess funds from Sellers of Accused Products found to infringe shall be given

to an Amazon Smile charity chosen by the Patent Owner. In no case may the Evaluator retain more than $4,000 after making a merits decision in an evaluation.

 

- 특허권자 승소한 경우 선납 4천불 환불, 평가자는 판매자가 선납한 4천불을 비용으로 수취

 

7. Settlement.

If the Patent Owner and a Seller notify the Evaluator they have settled their dispute prior to the date of Patent Owner’s reply, the Evaluator will terminate the Evaluation as to that Seller, or terminate the Evaluation entirely if there is only one participating Seller. The Evaluator may retain up to $1,000 to cover the Evaluator’s efforts, equally divided from the Participants’ payments when settlement results in termination of the entire Evaluation. If the settlement occurs after the Patent Owner’s reply but before the Evaluation is completed, the Evaluator may retain up to $2,000, $1,000 from the Patent Owner and a total of $1,000 from the participating Sellers, if the Evaluation is terminated in its entirety. The Evaluator will return the remainder of each Participant’s payment to that Participant.

 

- 당사자 화해하는 경우 절차 종료

- 평가자는 화해 시 비용으로 1천불 또는 최대 2천불 받음

 

8. Effect of Evaluation on Accused Products.

If the Evaluator finds the Patent Owner is likely to prove that an Accused Product infringes, Amazon will remove that Accused Product from www.amazon.com as soon as practicable, but generally within 10 business days of Amazon’s receipt of the decision. If the Evaluator finds that the Patent Owner is not likely to prove that an Accused Product infringes, Amazon will have no obligation to take any action as a result of the Evaluation. No other action is contemplated or required as a result of the Evaluation and no damages, attorney’s fees or costs may be awarded. If any Participant obtains a judgment or order in litigation or an arbitration that an Accused Product does not infringe or that the Patent is invalid or unenforceable, that Participant may submit it to Amazon, and Amazon may allow relisting of the Accused Product, in accordance with Amazon’s policies and procedures. When a patent expires or is found invalid or unenforceable, Amazon may restore a removed listing. If the Evaluator finds that the Patent Owner is not likely to prove an Accused Product infringes, and the Patent Owner subsequently obtains an order or judgment finding that the Accused Product infringes, the Patent Owner may submit that judgment or order to Amazon, and Amazon will remove the Accused Product, in accordance with Amazon’s policies and procedures.

 

- 특허권자 승소 시 늦어도 10일 이내 해당제품 listing 삭제

- 특허권자 패소 시 판매 계속

 

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