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 -
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Final "Ministerial" Rule Amendments for Practice Before the PTAB

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published its first "Final Rules" package of amendments to the Rule of Practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Keeping with Director Lee's...more

Biogen MA, Inc. v. Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C. § 146 pursuant to changes in the statute provided by the...more

IPR Privity Analysis Includes Post-Complaint Period - VMWare, Inc. v. Good Technology Software, Inc.

Clarifying the privity requirement for inter partes review (IPR) petitions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) explained that privity should be determined looking at the...more

Payment Information Does Not Necessarily Make a CBM - SEGA of Am., Inc. v. Uniloc USA, Inc

Addressing the issue of what qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) under the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of...more

PTAB Clarifies Protocol for Expanded Post-Grant Panels

Today the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) posted on its website Revision 14 of its Standard Operating Procedure 1 (SOP 1). SOP 1 covers the assignment of Administrative Patent Judges to merits panels, interlocutory...more

Analysis of Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review in the Life Sciences Industry Through First Quarter 2015

The recently established inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) of the America Invents Act have been in the spotlight lately, especially now that the life sciences industry has begun to utilize these...more

No Interlocutory Review of Pre-Institution Stay Motion’s in CBM Proceedings - Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. JPMorgan Chase &...

Upon consideration of an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed its limited jurisdiction to hear an interlocutory appeal on a motion to stay a district court proceeding under §...more

Collaborating Before The PTAB [Video]

One of the most important decisions that a patent defendant must make is whether to join with other co-defendants in America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Attorneys Seth Northrop and...more

Benefits of Showing Discovery as “Routine” Instead of “Additional”

The PTAB issued an order granting in part a request for discovery by an IPR petitioner. IPR2014-00727 - C&D Zodiac, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. ...more

Is The Deck Stacked Against Patent Owners In The PTAB? [Video]

Two years after the creation of the America Invents Act post-grant proceedings, many patent owners are facing an uphill battle when attempting to defend their intellectual property before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

PTAB Panels Are Divided Regarding Interpretation Of The Joinder Provision

The America Invents Act (AIA) allows a petitioner to request joinder of an inter partes review (IPR) of a patent with an IPR proceeding previously instituted with respect to that patent so long as the request for joinder is...more

Federal Circuit Panel Blesses BRI Standard for Claim Construction at PTAB But Another Panel May Not

The Cuozzo v. Garmin case, discussed in our blog in January, has been decided in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A divided panel decided 2-1 to uphold the USPTO’s claim construction standard used by the...more

PTAB is Revising the AIA rules

On March 27, 2015, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) Director Michelle Lee announced on the agency’s website that a three-phase rule change for improving Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) trial proceedings is in...more

Inter Partes Review and the ITC: The Benefits and Risks of Filing IPR on Patents Asserted in an ITC Investigation

Since the advent of the America Invents Act (“AIA”) in 2012, parties accused of patent infringement in district court cases have taken advantage of the newly established Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) procedure for challenging...more

Claims Must Be Limited to Financial Activities to Be Covered Business Methods - Salesforce.com, Inc. v. Applications in Internet...

Narrowing the application of covered business method (CBM) patent review, in two recent cases, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that patents whose claims may apply to industries other than the...more

USPTO Announces Immediate Changes to AIA PTAB Page Limits

Responding to feedback from petitioners and patent owners, the USPTO disclosed a plan to revise the procedural rules governing post grant proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”). USPTO Director Michelle...more

Quick Fixes and Proposed Rulemaking for PTAB Trial Rules Announced by Director Lee

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, Michelle Lee, announced on Friday that a series of actual and proposed rulemakings aimed at improving post-grant proceedings before the PTAB will be...more

USPTO Director Announces "Quick-Fix" and Anticipated Changes to PTAB Practice

On Friday, March 27, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee issued a statement on the PTO Blog indicating several "quick-fix" and proposed rule changes. The "quick-fix" rules package will apply to all newly...more

Recent IPR Guidance From a Trio of Forums

As inter partes review (IPR) practice continues to develop and practitioners feel their way around the edges, the last month brought helpful guidance from a trio of forums: the Federal Circuit, the Central District of...more

Not So Fast: Split Federal Circuit Panel Sided with PTO on Novel IPR Issues

In In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC, the first ever appeal of the final written decision from an inter partes review (“IPR”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or the “Board”), the Federal Circuit decided...more

Claims Can Be Amended in IPR – Really! - Riverbed Technology, Inc. v. Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

In just the second instance since America Invents Act (AIA) / post-grant reviews became available, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) allowed a patent owner to substitute new claims in its patents in the course...more

No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner...more

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Lack of Patentability Ruling in First-Ever AIA Review - In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC

Addressing for the first time an appeal of an America Invents Act review decision out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Amending Claims Before the PTAB: What Have We Learned From the Board?

When Congress enacted the America Invents Acts in 2011, they created three new mechanisms to challenge issued claims at the Patent Office – Covered Business Method patent review, Post-Grant Review, and Inter Partes Review...more

A Slip of the Pen May Cost You Your IPR

The Patent Office is getting inter partes review (IPR) petitions by the boat load. Some patent challengers are adding to the volume by filing numerous IPRs against a single patent. They use each IPR for a distinct set of...more

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