Reza Mollaaghababa

Reza Mollaaghababa

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Estoppel Does Not Attach When Petitioner’s Grounds Are Denied As Redundant

Under 35 U.S.C. 315(e)(1), a petitioner in an inter partes review of a claim in a patent that has resulted in a final written decision by the Board may not request or maintain a proceeding before the Patent Office with...more

4/11/2016 - CAFC Estoppel Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

Affirmative Defense of Invalidity As Part of a Motion to Intervene Does Not Bar Filing of a Subsequent IPR Petition

According to 35 U.S.C. §315(a), an inter partes review may not be instituted if, before the date on which the petition for such a review is filed, the petitioner or real party in interest filed a civil action challenging the...more

3/28/2016 - Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Motion To Intervene Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review

CAFC Vacates a PTAB Decision Due To Faulty Claim Construction

In a rare case of disagreeing with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated and remanded a PTAB decision invalidating claims 10-25 of PPC Broadband, Inc.’s U.S....more

2/29/2016 - CAFC Claim Construction Corporate Counsel Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Post-Grant Review Young Lawyers

No Second Bite Of The Apple for Square, Inc. – PTAB Applies Estoppel Provision Of 35 U.S.C. §325(e)(1) TO CBM Review

In the case of Square, Inc. v. Unwired Planet, LLC (CMB2015-00148), the PTAB held that the grounds raised by Square, Inc. (Petitioner) to challenge the validity of claims 1-4 of Unwired Planet’s U.S. Patent No. 7,711,100...more

1/22/2016 - Covered Business Method Patents Estoppel Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Popular Post-Grant Review Square

Federal Circuit Affirms Invalidity Of A Merck Patent Based On Substantial Evidence Standard

In a recent case, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that certain claims of Merck’s U.S. Patent No. 6,011,040, which were challenged by Gnosis, were invalid as anticipated or obvious....more

1/5/2016 - Merck Patent Invalidity Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Popular Post-Grant Review

Fed. Circuit Affirms PTAB’S CBM Decision Based on a Ground Not Raised By Petitioner

In SightSound Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc. (CBM2013-00020), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the patent appellate court) recently affirmed the decision of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to invalidate...more

12/21/2015 - Apple Covered Business Method Proceedings Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Telecommunications

PTAB Panels Are Divided Regarding Interpretation Of The Joinder Provision

The America Invents Act (AIA) allows a petitioner to request joinder of an inter partes review (IPR) of a patent with an IPR proceeding previously instituted with respect to that patent so long as the request for joinder is...more

4/7/2015 - America Invents Act Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Joinder Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents

PTAB Grants a Patent Owner’s Request to Amend

In an Inter Partes review (IPR) proceeding before the PTAB, a patent owner is not automatically afforded the right to amend the challenged claims. Rather, the patent owner has a burden of establishing that it is entitled to...more

8/5/2014 - Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents

Top Ten Reasons To File Your Patent Applications Before March 16, 2013

The recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) introduces major changes to the U.S. patent laws, with some significant provisions taking effect on March 16, 2013. These provisions provide several compelling reasons to file...more

2/4/2013 - America Invents Act Filing Deadlines First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Applications Patent Reform Patents Post-Grant Review Prior Art Prior User

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