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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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In First Appeal From AIA Post-Grant Proceeding: Justices Focus on Practical Consequences of...

On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first appeal from a decision by the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) in an inter partes review proceeding (“IPR”) under the...more

New Analyses of AIA Trial Data by Technology

The United States Patent & Trademark Office published new analyses along with its most recent update of AIA Trial Statistics. The update includes data through end of March 2016 and shows “Percent of Petitions Instituted by...more

Federal Circuit Maintains “Substantial Evidence” Standard of Review in AIA Post Grant Proceedings

On April 26, 2016, the Federal Circuit denied a petition seeking rehearing en banc of its application of the “substantial evidence” standard of review in post-grant administrative proceedings, in the case of Merck & Cie v....more

Qualtrics, LLC v. OpinionLab, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Focusing on the Claims, the PTAB Denies CBM Review of a Market Research Patent - On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision denying institution...more

Patent Owners Now Estopped From Relying On PTAB Estoppel

A recent Federal Circuit decision on a writ of mandamus as to the scope of the estoppel provided in 35 U.S.C § 315(e) appears to be contrary to the scope that practitioners and the legislators had in mind when the America...more

It’s Never Too Late to File an Inventorship Dispute

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit revisited the issue of inventorship disputes and iterated in a nonprecedential opinion that proving nonjoinder of inventors in an issued patent is a difficult threshold for a challenger...more

Patent Office Issues Final Rule Amending the Rules of Practice for Trials at the PTAB

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has issued a final rule that addresses aspects of trial practice for America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), takes effect May...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2016

The 2015 Changes to the Federal Rules Matter for Your Patent Case and Tech Business: Getting in the Courthouse Door Just Got Tougher - It used to be that a complaint for patent infringement would survive a motion to...more

"After Period of High Invalidation Rates, New US Patent Challenge Procedures May Slow Down to Moderate Pace"

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) began hearing post-issuance patent challenge proceedings under the America Invents Act in September 2012, the PTAB became one of the...more

5 Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Unanimous Senate approval of the federal trade secrets bill creates momentum for a new cause of action. After nearly a year-long delay, the Senate on April 4, 2016, unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA),...more

Strategic Considerations of Estoppel for IPRs After Shaw Industries Group v. Automated Creel Systems

When a patent is challenged in an inter partes review and a final written decision has been issued, a statutory estoppel will prevent certain subsequent proceedings. The scope of the estoppel, which applies to both Patent and...more

USPTO Publishes Substantive Changes to PTAB Rules

On April 1, 2016 the USPTO published the final rules that make substantive changes to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial practice rules for inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and post-grant...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team.  Here are some of the stories...more

Interim IPR Results & Litigation – What Happens At The Board May Not Stay At The Board

The America Invents Acts ("AIA") gives alleged infringers facing an infringement claim a choice—challenge validity in court or in an inter partes review (IPR). Like any choice, consequences have to be considered. The...more

USPTO Publishes New Rules for PTAB Trials

The new rules, which go into effect on May 2, 2016, will impact strategies for petitioners and patent owners alike. On April 1, the US Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published a set of new rules for post-grant...more

PTAB rule changes bring few but important changes to the proceedings

In its eagerly awaited final rules, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) largely rebuffed calls for change and clarity, in favor of a flexible common law approach. Over the past twenty-one months, the public provided many...more

New Rules for Patent Office Litigation: Will They Make Patent Owners Happy?

On April 1, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published new rules for the increasingly popular America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings, such as inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, and post-grant...more

The New AIA Rules May Help Patent Owners Avoid Trial

On May 2, 2016, the amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board go into effect, and apply “to all AIA petitions filed on or after the effective date and to any ongoing AIA...more

PTO Issues New Final Rules for PTAB Proceedings

New rules give more options to patent owners and petitioners in pre-institution phase. On March 31, 2016, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued new final rules to govern practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal...more

New Rules of Practice for Trials before the PTAB

A final rule has been published with amendments to the rules of practice before the PTAB. The amendments are effective May 2 and apply to both petitions filed on or after May 2 as well as ongoing AIA preliminary preceding or...more

New Rules For Patent Validity Challenges: What You Need To Know

On March 31, 2016, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) issued new final rules to make targeted modifications to the existing consolidated set of rules implementing provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents...more

USPTO Issues Scaled-Down Revised Rules For PTAB Trials

On April 1, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published final rules modifying some procedures used in AIA trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The revised rules arise from comments received from...more

Weighing the Recent Decline in Post-Grant Institution Rates

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's ("PTAB") rate of institution of trials under the America Invents Act ("AIA") has been steadily declining since its inception. During the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) first...more

USPTO to Implement Significant Rule Changes for AIA Trial Proceedings Impacting Both Petitioners and Patent Owners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released the final set of the latest round of changes to the rules governing inter partes review, post grant review, and other AIA trial proceedings before the Patent...more

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Rule Amendments for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

In an April 1, 2016 Federal Register Notice (“Notice”),1 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) finalized amendments to rules governing trial practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional...more

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