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America Invents Act Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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 -

SAS Urges High Court to Restore Balance to AIA Post-Grant Framework

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Who makes the country’s patent laws—Congress, or the Patent Office? A recent petition for certiorari filed by SAS Institute, Inc.—represented by a team of Jones Day lawyers—asks the Supreme Court to decide that question in...more

USPTO Launches PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative

On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it has launched an initiative to develop ways to improve Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings....more

Antedating References at PTAB: Trends and Pitfalls

Patent owners generally face unfavorable odds in attempting to antedate references in America Invents Act trials, including inter partes review proceedings. Oftentimes, Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions concerning...more

USPTO Seeking Potential Reforms to PTAB Proceedings

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced its PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) proceedings created under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) have been in...more

Novartis AG v. Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

In inter partes review proceedings, is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board required to take into account a final district court determination of non-obviousness of the same claims based on the...more

Petitions Seeking CBM Review Continue Uphill Battle After Unwired Planet

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a series of cases addressing the standard for initiating a covered business method (CBM) review, both the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) reached the same...more

PTAB Avoids Triggering Estoppel by Issuing Concurrent Final Written Decisions

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued concurrent final written decisions upholding the validity of all challenged claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,141,154 in Palo Alto Networks, Inc. v. Finjan. Inc. IPR2015-01979, Paper 62...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes...more

Narrowing Jurisdiction in Covered Business Method Proceedings

In 1998, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, Inc., which upheld the patentability of business methods in the United States. Since...more

Design Patent Survives AIA Review

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In a rare inter partes review (IPR) decision involving a challenge to a design patent, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final decision finding that the petitioner had not shown that a sole claim of a design...more

PTAB Declines to Institute Post-Grant Review Because “New” Figures in Design Patent Were Sufficiently Supported in Parent...

Under the America Invents Act, post-grant reviews are only available for patents having at least one claim with an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later. If this condition is not satisfied, the Patent Trial and...more

Post-Grant Review Estoppel – Looking Forward by Looking Back at Estoppel in Inter-Partes and Covered-Business-Method Review

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes...more

University patents now immune to inter partes review: Will business come calling?

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State colleges and universities recently received a potential increase in the value of their patent portfolios in the form of a ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). ...more

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute v. Eli Lilly & Co. (Fed. Cir. 2017); Eli Lilly & Co. v. Los Angeles Biomedical Research...

The Federal Circuit handed down two related opinions last week, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute v. Eli Lilly & Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. v. Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, one of which raised the question...more

The shifting standard for IPR estoppel: Where are we now?

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There is no doubt that inter partes review proceedings (IPRs) are now the favored mechanism for invalidating patents. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) is the single largest venue for U.S. patent disputes, beating out...more

Chemistry & Nanotechnology Developments to Watch in 2017

As cases and outcomes make their way into the news this year, we will be watching the following developments closely and sharing them with the IP community....more

Highest Patent Court Narrows Scope of Covered Business Review

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A patent does not qualify for “covered business method” review if its claims are only incidental to a financial activity. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) recently decided that a claimed method (in...more

Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Report 2016

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2016 marked the fourth anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA). The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was once again the forum of choice for challenging patentability of claims, surpassing the Eastern District of...more

Under the Same Precedent, Different Estoppel Standards Have Developed in the PTAB and the District Courts

While Congress was debating the provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), some lawmakers proposed that inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) should be a substitute for invalidity challenges at district...more

Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Strava, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

In an otherwise unremarkable albeit precedential decision, the Federal Circuit set forth an explication of when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has, and has not, given the court enough information to determine whether its...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of Covered Business Method Review

The Federal Circuit has further clarified the scope of the covered business method (CBM) review program under the America Invents Act (AIA), explaining in Secure Axcess, LLC. v. PNC Bank National Association that in order for...more

Covered Business Method Patent: You Keep Using Those Words … We do not Think They Mean What You Think They Means

In Secure Access, LLC v. PNC BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, [2016-1353] (February 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the Board’s decision in CBM2014-00100 on the ground that U.S. Patent No. 7,631,191 on a “system and method...more

Federal Circuit Further Narrows the Availability of CBM Review

On February 21, in Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank Nat’l. Assoc’n, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) characterization of Axcess’s patent as a covered business...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

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A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

Battle-Of-The-Stays - Chalk Up Another Victory to the Petitioners

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The multiple flavors of review and prosecution at the Patent Office produce an environment where a patent family could be subject to inconsistent results. Conceivably, patents in a pre-AIA patent family could simultaneously...more

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