America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant... more +
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant changes to the patent system, including changing from a first-to-invent scheme to a first-to-file scheme, eliminating interference proceedings and developing post-grant opposition.  less -
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Federal Circuit Review (August 2014)

Post Grant Review of Patent Favors Stay of Litigation - In VIRTUALAGILITY INC. v. SALESFORCE.COM, INC., Appeal No. 14-1232, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's denial of a motion to stay pending a post...more

IP Buzz - Post Grant Practice - August 2014

In this issue: - IPR Spotlight Series: Strategically Using Requests for Joinder in IPR - Lessons Learned From the First Successful Motion to Amend in an Inter Partes Review - Reaching a Milestone: Filing...more

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

So, you find yourself a defendant in a patent infringement suit. Some patent holder has filed a lawsuit claiming that your company is infringing on their patented technology. The patent holder threatens to shut your business...more

IPR Spotlight Series: Strategically Using Requests for Joinder in IPR

Inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) became available on September 16, 2012 as a post-grant review procedure to challenge the patentability of issued claims based on prior art patents and...more

Reaching a Milestone: Filing of the First Ever Petition for a Post-Grant Review

On August 5, 2014, a milestone was reached for AIA trials. For the first time, a petition for a Post Grant Review (PGR) was filed. As was the case with the first covered business method review, the first PGR will likely be...more

Lessons Learned From the First Successful Motion to Amend in an Inter Partes Review

While the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) provides a mechanism that allows amendments to patents challenged in an inter partes review, until recently, all motions to amend have failed. The final decision in...more

Consider this Potential Downside of Inter Partes Review: Denial of the Petition May Be Used Against You in a Concurrent District...

In many instances, it may be advantageous to challenge patent validity via an AIA trial in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Despite all of the advantages to an AIA trial, a potential AIA trial petitioner...more

First Post Grant Review Petition Filed

After nearly a dozen false starts, it appears that the first genuine “Post Grant Review” (PGR) petition may have been filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) under the America Invents Act (AIA)....more

Effect On Settlement Of Post-Grant Patent Review Proceedings

The recent America Invents Act both modified and created procedures for challenging patents in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) after they have been issued, which are called post grant...more

Beware the Death Squad

On August 14, 2014, Law360 quoted PTAB Chief Judge James Smith commenting that the Board’s reputation as a patent “death squad” – a phrase coined by former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader. ...more

In Search of Commercial Success

In Schott Gemtron Corporation v. SSW Holdings Company, Inc., IPR2014-00367, Paper 20 (August 13, 2014), the Board denied patent owner’s motion for additional discovery relating to commercial success. The Board noted the...more

How to Fix the Amendment Fallacy

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made it hard for patent owners to amend their claims. Patrick Doody outlines the problems this causes and how to fix them. Since being established under 2011’s America Invents Act...more

Estoppel effects of post-grant patent proceedings under the AIA

By now, most patent practitioners are quite familiar with the post-grant patent proceedings (e.g., IPR, PGR, CBM) newly established by the AIA, and their key features, such as the stay and estoppel provisions. Numerous...more

PTAB Issues First Precedential Opinion in an AIA Post-Grant Proceeding

During an AIA Post-Grant Proceeding, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (“PTAB”) can issue three types of decisions: (1) routine, (2) informative, and (3) precedential. Routine decisions are the most common and have limited...more

Board Allows New Reexamination Filing to Amend Claims at Issue in Concurrent IPR

It is well settled under the AIA that it’s possible to have concurrent proceedings during an IPR. In Game Show Network, LLC and Worldwinner.com, Inc. v. John H. Stephenson (IPR2013-00289), the Board addressed a related issue...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Continued its Review of Intellectual Property Law with Hearings on Copyright Infringement Remedies,...

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet recently held hearings targeted at further exploring intellectual property laws and policy. On July 24, the Subcommittee held...more

Board Issues First Precedential Opinion

An ongoing and (surprisingly) often-raised issue in Covered Business Method Reviews has led the Board to issue its first Precedential opinion in an AIA post-grant proceeding. ...more

Motion to Stay Pending CBM Review Granted Where Non-Practicing Entity Did Not Seek Preliminary Injunction

Boku, Inc. ("Boku") filed a CBM petition with the PTAB seeking review of the patentability of Plaintiff's U.S. Patent No. 7,273,168 (the "'168 patent"). The petition challenged all claims of the '168 patent on grounds that...more

Insights from a Recent Panel on Navigating AIA Trials

On July 14, 2014, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia presented "Navigating AIA Trials at the USPTO," a panel discussion on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) trials, which took place at the D.C. office of...more

Versata v. SAP: PTAB Decision Does Not Trump a Final Jury Verdict

As discussed in an earlier article, the final decision in the first covered business method review (CBM) in SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Data Development Group, PTAB Case CBM2012-00001, presents many issues of first...more

Public Comments on AIA Trial Proceedings – the USPTO is Listening

As mentioned in a previous article, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held a series of roundtables throughout the United States this spring to solicit public feedback on AIA trials. Having received some feedback during...more

How the America Invents Act Has Changed the “One-Year Grace Period” for Filing Patent Applications

The United States patent system underwent a major overhaul last March with the implementation of key provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). The AIA is considered the most substantial change in patent law since 1952...more

Derivation Proceedings: What You Need to Know  [Video]

Mark W. Rygiel, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses derivation proceedings, one of several new administrative proceedings at the USPTO created by the America...more

Federal Circuit Orders Stay Pending Completion of CBM Review

Applying section 18(a)(1) of the America Invents Act (AIA) to an issue of first impression, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court, ordering a stay of the district court...more

Deputy Directory Lee Announces the Request for Written Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings

In a post from yesterday entitled "Help Improve our AIA Trial Proceedings," Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, announced on...more

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