Joinder Denied, But Requirements Explained

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In Regions Financial Corporation, v. Retirement Capital Access Management Company, LLC, CBM2014-00012, Paper 17 (March 25, 2014) the Board denied a motion to join the case with CBM2013-00014 because under the circumstances, joinder would have a significant adverse impact on the Board’s ability to complete the existing proceeding in a timely manner.  The Board noted that oral argument had already been schedule in the first CBM.

The Board outlined the showing required in a motion for Joinder

As the moving party, Petitioners have the burden of proof in establishing entitlement to the requested relief. 37 C.F.R. §§ 42.20(c). A motion for joinder should: (1) set forth the reasons why joinder is appropriate; (2) identify any new grounds of unpatentability asserted in the petition; (3) explain what impact (if any) joinder would have on the trial schedule for the existing review; and (4) address specifically how briefing and discovery may be simplified. See e.g. Kyocera Corp. v. SoftView LLC, IPR2013-00004, Paper 15 at 4 (Apr. 24, 2013).

 

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