Post-Grant Review

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Federal Circuit Adopts USPTO Positions in Clarifying Ground Rules For CBM Review, Holds Versata Pricing Patent Invalid

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) introduced post-grant administrative proceedings as a new mechanism for challenging the validity of issued patents without the need to resort to federal court litigation. In a recent...more

Catalog Search Posted On Claim Preclusion Does Not Bar Additional Discovery Relating to Privity Challenge in Later-Filed IPR...

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently designated a decision granting a request for additional discovery as an informative opinion. Informative opinions are not binding; they rather provide guidance on rules and...more

PTAB Opens Door for Amendments in Post-Grant Review Proceedings

In a decision that sends a clear message to Patent Owners that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is opening the door for amendments in post grant review proceedings, on July 15, 2015 the PTAB issued a new order...more

House Committee Advances Competing Patent Reform Legislation

With yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee vote, there are now competing, and in some respects significantly different, patent reform proposals under serious consideration in the House and the Senate. Among the most important...more

CBM Claims Not Addressed in the PTAB's Final Decision May Be Challenged in a Follow-On CBM Proceeding

Last week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board added a decision declining to apply estoppel under 35 USC 325(e)(1) to dismiss a follow-on CBM proceeding in Westlake Services LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp., CBM2014-00176 to the...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Inter Partes Review

A divided Federal Circuit denied the petition for rehearing en banc that would have required the court to revisit its decision in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC (Fed Cir 2015), that upheld the USPTO’s use of the...more

Should the Federal Circuit Be Reviewing Any Part of the Decision to Institute? -- The Versata Dissent-in-part

As we reported earlier, the Federal Circuit recently affirmed the PTAB's Final Written Decision in the Versata Development Group v. SAP America, Inc. case -- the first appeal under the covered business method ("CBM") patent...more

Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Section 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) established a transitional program through which the USPTO conducts post-grant reviews of covered business method (CBM) patents. For the most part, § 18 incorporates...more

Versata: The Federal Circuit Explains the Parameters and Appealability of CBM Proceedings

On July 9, 2015, the Federal Circuit decided its first appeal of a covered business method (“CBM”) patent review. In Versata Development Group Inc. v. SAP America, Inc. et al., Case No. 14-1194 (Fed. Cir. July 9, 2015)...more

A Flurry of PTAB Activity

Since the passing of the America Invents Act, a number of already issued patents have come under new scrutiny through various post-grant procedures. One of the more prominent post-grant procedures is the Inter Partes Review...more

Possibility of More Reform Spurs Increase in Patent Case Filings

Lex Machina’s Spring 2015 Patent Case Filing Trends: "Patent case filings have been generally higher in the first five months of 2015 than in the last 8 months of 2014. May of 2015 had the most patent cases filed on any...more

Patent Pending: The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress

The field of patent law is in a state of flux. Just four years after the America Invents Act (“AIA”) went into effect, Congress is taking up the issue once again, this time seeking to pass legislation to curb abusive patent...more

No Rehearing En Banc for In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies -- PTAB Update

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit issued an order denying a petition for rehearing en banc in the In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC case. As we have previously reported, this case was the first appeal of the first...more

Federal Circuit Will Not Review PTAB’s Use of the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Claim Construction Standard in Post-Grant...

Yesterday, the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided not to review the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) practice of construing patent claim terms under the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI)...more

Federal Circuit Judges Disagree On Correct Claim Construction Standard For AIA Post-Grant Proceedings, But Decline En Banc Review

Practice Points: - Federal Circuit denies en banc review of a key issue arising in AIA inter partes review proceedings. - In an unusual step, judges issued opinions sparring over whether the PTAB should construe...more

A Divided Federal Circuit Confirms Broadest Reasonable Interpretation for Claims in Inter Partes Review on Rehearing

On July 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, split 6-5, denied rehearing of its earlier decision, In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC, 778 F.3d 1271 (Fed. Cir. 2015), in which the court upheld the use...more

PTAB’s Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Rule Survives Another Challenge (Barely)

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Cuozzo Speed Technology LLC’s petition for en banc rehearing of a February panel decision affirming the PTAB’s use the so-called broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI)...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Unreasonable PTAB Claim Construction, Upholds Idle Free Standard for Motions to Amend

The Federal Circuit decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Proxyconn, Inc., addressed several important issues relating to post-grant patent trials conducted by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), including the PTAB’s...more

Fed Circuit Reverses PTAB Decision in IPR Proceeding

On June 16, the Federal Circuit issued its first-ever reversal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in an America Invents Act post-grant proceeding. The opinion, drafted by Chief Judge Prost and joined by CAFC Judge...more

Federal Circuit Remands Because PTAB’s Claim Construction Was “Unreasonably Broad”

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) administers post-grant patent proceedings under the America Invents Act. The PTAB has invalidated many patent claims, and has been referred to as a patent “death squad.” But a recent...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

Talking PTAB with Bob Steinberg  [Video]

Do you know your IPR from your PGR from your CBM? Partner Bob Steinberg explains some of key Patent Trial and Appeal Board acronyms and introduces The Book of Jargon® – Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) now available...more

Life Sciences Litigation Update - May 2015

Trends in Post-grant Review of Orange Book Patents. The America Invents Act’s post-grant challenges (“AIA proceedings”) continue to grow as an option for companies challenging a patent’s validity. In the first full fiscal...more

After B&B Hardware, What is the Full Scope of Estoppel Arising From a PTAB Decision in District Court Litigation?

The America Invents Act (AIA) created several adjudicative proceedings within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered...more

PTAB Issues ‘Quick Fix’ Rule Package, Effective Immediately

On March 31 we posted (here) about the Patent Office rolling out a series of rulemakings for improving post-grant proceedings, beginning with a first rule package of “quick fixes” this spring. This past Tuesday, May 19, 2015,...more

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