Joinder Defeats the Bar under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b)

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In Enzymotec Ltd. v. Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., IPR2014-00556, Paper 19, (July 9, 2014) the Board granted Enzymotec’s motion for joinder of IPR2014-00556 with IPR2014-00003. Absent joinder with the other proceeding, Enzymotec’s Petition for Inter partes review is barred under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b).

The Board did not believe that the possibility of broadening the scope of issues in IPR2014-00003 was an adequate reason for denying joinder, noting section 315(c) permits joinder of “any person who properly files a petition under section 311.” There is no language in either § 311 or § 315(c) requiring the Board to limit Enzymotec’s Petition to identical issues in IPR2014-00003.


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