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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 -

Aqua Products Levels the Playing Field at the PTAB

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

By giving patent owners a more effective tool for amending claims during an IPR proceeding, the Federal Circuit’s latest en banc decision changes the way stakeholders approach these proceedings. Key Points: - The burden...more

Federal Circuit Shifts Burden of Demonstrating Patentability for Amended Claims in Post-Grant Proceedings

by Alston & Bird on

Since the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA), the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has required patent owners to bear the burden of proving the patentability of substitute claims in post-grant motions to...more

Financial Times to "the Patent Troll Narrative" -- Much Ado About Nothing

On October 16, 2017, the Financial Times (London) published an article by Rana Foroohar entitled "Big Tech vs. Big Pharma: the battle over US patent protection." If the article can be encapsulated in a word, that word would...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Petitioner in AIA Reviews has Burden to Prove Unpatentability for Amended Claims

On October 4, 2017, the Federal Circuit provided some relief to patent owners by holding that petitioners seeking to cancel patent claims through inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”) under the Leahy-Smith America Invents...more

IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in September 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 33 IPR and CBM Final Written Decisions in September, cancelling 501 (87.28%) instituted claims while declining to cancel 53 (9.23%) instituted claims. Patent owners conceded 20...more

Hatch Hints At Changes To Patent Law

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

A Look Forward on Patent Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch, October 2, 2017 - Patent law reform legislation reminds us of a horror movie zombie: it’s never truly dead. A recent post from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is the latest...more

Federal Circuit Finds That Petitioners Have Burden Of Persuasion Of Unpatentability Of Claims Amended During An IPR Proceeding,...

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

In a much anticipated decision, the Federal Circuit has narrowly decided that a patent owner moving to amend claims during an inter partes review (IPR) does not have the burden of persuasion that the claims are patentable....more

Federal Circuit Shifts Burden of Proof for Amendments in Post-Grant Proceedings

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 4, 2017, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a ruling in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, placing the burden of persuasion on the petitioner to prove the invalidity of amended claims in post-grant...more

Federal Circuit Shifts Burdens for Motions to Amend

On October 4, 2017, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued its long-awaited decision in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal. Appeal No. 2015-1177. The court was fractured in its analysis, issuing five opinions. Seven judges, a...more

Federal Circuit Rejects Some USPTO Requirements For Amending Claims During IPR Proceedings

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision rejecting certain procedures adopted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) limiting a patent owner’s ability to...more

Federal Circuit splits on deference to agency rules

by Dentons on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the Court), sitting en banc, issued its long-anticipated decision in Aqua Products[i], regarding properly allocating the burden of proving validity (or invalidity) when...more

In IPRs, Petitioner Must Show Claim Amendments Unpatentable

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent Federal Circuit ruling shifts the burden to petitioners, which will likely lead to patent owners filing more motions to amend....more

Aqua Products: Petitioner Bears Burden of Proving Unpatentability of Amended Claims in Inter Partes Review

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Aqua Products “the burden of proving the unpatentability of all claims in an IPR—both original and amended—is on the petitioner.” Five opinions (including one...more

Government Agencies Have Standing to Petition for CBM Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that federal government agencies have standing to challenge a patent in covered business method (CBM) review under the America Invents Act (AIA). Return Mail, Inc. v....more

Respondent Has Standing in Appeal from PTAB

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an opinion addressing the standing of a respondent in an appeal from an inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the...more

Federal Circuit Avoids Addressing Joinder, Questions Expanded Panel Use

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) decision finding claims invalid as obvious, but did not directly address the PTAB’s determination that joinder was...more

Todd Walters Participates in Fireside Chat with Chief Judge of PTAB

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) conducted a special “Boardside Chat” webinar with Chief Judge David Ruschke. Todd Walters represented the American Bar Association Intellectual Property...more

PTAB Chief Judge Discusses Post-grant Review Statistics at IPO Meeting

The value of the post-grant review programs (post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business methods review) has been debated since these provisions were enacted as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in...more

PTAB Establishes Criteria Governing Follow-On Petitions For AIA Post Grant Proceedings

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

General Plastic Industrial Co. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Case IPR2016-01357 (PTAB Sept. 6, 2017)- A familiar strategy in inter partes (“IPR”) review proceedings under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) is for petitioners to...more

Federal Circuit’s Amicus Brief in Oil States

Although the Federal Circuit already passed on the constitutionality of Inter Partes Reviews, considering some of its recent decisions, it appears that the Federal Circuit questions the competence of the PTAB to conduct...more

8 Ways To Avoid Inter Partes Review Estoppel

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Inter partes review has become an enormously popular method of challenging patents. One important downside of filing for IPR, however, is that, if the petitioner loses, it faces an estoppel that could prevent it from raising...more

USPTO Maintains Standard for Indefiniteness in Rare Precedential Opinion

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Decision on Appeal, Ex parte McAward et al., No. 2015-006416 (P.T.A.B. August 25, 2017) (Judges Linda E. Horner, Annette R. Reimers and Nathan A. Engels) - The Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Today the Circuit agreed to hear en banc Nantkwest v. Matal,in which the panel had reversed a district court decision that had rejected the PTO’s position that applicants who appeal a district court must pay the PTO’s legal...more

Stronger Patents Act: 5 Significant Proposed Changes to Inter Partes Reviews

by Revision Legal on

Recently, Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del) introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. So far, this is the only legislation introduced in this Congress addressing any sort of patent reform. The proposal would significantly...more

In re McAward (PTAB 2017)

Patent law can be apparently inconsistent, particularly where claim construction is concerned. For example, claim construction standards that apply in district court are not the same standards that the U.S. Patent and...more

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