Post-Grant Review

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Double-Checking the PTAB

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal The Federal Circuit’s docket is burgeoning with Patent Office appeals.  Three years ago there were 118 appeals from the USPTO pending before the Federal Circuit. Today there are 578.  The bulk...more

Having the Last Word: Exploring the Good Cause Standard for Permitting Replies to Patent Owner Preliminary Responses

During the institution phase of a post-grant proceeding, the patent owner has the option of filing a preliminary response to the petition. 37 C.F.R. §§ 42.107(a), 42.207(a). The petitioner may then request leave to file a...more

Patent Invalidity Offense: When Is District Court Action the Better Option Over IPR, PGR or CBM?

It’s Monday morning after the Thanksgiving holiday. Easing back into the workweek with the lingering effects of turkey, stuffing and a miraculous Ohio State victory still sapping my brain, I open the court docket report....more

Post Grant Review: § 112 and Eligibility Issues in Chemical and Life Sciences

Post Grant Review (PGR) petitions are on the rise, and nearly half of all petitions to date have challenged patents in Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry, or Chemical and Materials Engineering technology centers. We have...more

The PTAB Review - November 2016

New Testimonial Evidence with Preliminary Responses: Panacea or Placebo? Just over three years ago, during a keynote speech at the AIPLA annual meeting, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was criticized as a...more

PTAB Estoppel: Recent Guidance on What Grounds of Challenge “Reasonably Could Have Been Raised” in an Earlier Proceeding

The scope of estoppel under the America Invents Act is becoming clearer in view of recent Federal Circuit and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions. As discussed in our earlier article, the Federal Circuit has...more

PTAB Post-Grant Fees Slated To Increase

The USPTO recently announced a proposed new fee schedule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in search of revenue to recover its projected $3 billion aggregated operating costs for the 2017 fiscal year. If enacted, it...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2016

Withdrawal of Claims During Prosecution Can Trigger Prosecution History Estoppel In UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., Ltd., Appeal No. 2015-1957, the Federal Circuit held that prosecution estoppel can apply even...more

Can You Appeal the PTAB’s Decision to Institute Review of Patent Claims on Grounds Not Raised in an IPR, PGR, or CBM Petition?

The America Invents Act provided several procedures for challenging the validity of patent claims, including inter partes review (“IPR”), post-grant review (“PGR”) and covered business method patent challenges (“CBM”). An...more

Design Patent Post-Grant: Is Anticipation Easier to Prove Than Obviousness?

Since the advent of AIA post grant practice four years ago, only 26 inter partes review petitions have been filed for design patents.1 The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 23 institution decisions, instituted 10 of those...more

Four Things You Need to Know: Summary of the 2016 Amendments to Practice Before the PTAB

On April 1, 2016, the Patent Office announced several changes to practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). On April 27, 2016, the Patent Office announced a minor correction to those rules. Here are four...more

Supreme Court denies Cert in Cases Challenging Constitutionality of AIA Trials

On October 11, 2016, the US Supreme Court denied petitions for certiorari filed in two cases by parties challenging the constitutionality of post grant proceedings instituted under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act....more

Post-Grant Review May Be Used to Invalidate Patents Directed to Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter

Addressing patent-eligible subject matter issues, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) issued a final written decision in a post-grant review (PGR) finding all claims of a newly issued patent unpatentable under...more

Bass’s First IPR Decision Rendered – Victory for Patent Owner, Shire Lpc

If Kyle Bass’s Coalition for Affordable Drugs Series II hedge fund was hoping to reap a windfall from short positions in Shire Plc’s stock this week, it was dealt a major setback by a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)...more

Post-Grant Patent Amendment – Canadian and US Options

On the long and sometimes bumpy road of patent prosecution, a Notice of Allowance can be a welcome sign that you are nearly at your destination: a granted patent. But the journey is not over yet. At the time of grant, what if...more

PTAB Holds Patent Eligible for Post-Grant Review After Petitioner Successfully Demonstrates that Patent Is Not Entitled to...

On September 2, 2016, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled that U.S. Patent No. 9,157,017 (the “’017 patent”) was eligible for post-grant review (PGR) even though, on its face, the patent claims priority to a...more

PTAB Reversed Based on Non-Analogous Art Theory

Although In re Natural Alternatives LLC (Fed. Cir. August 31, 2016) is not an IPR appeal, it should be of interest to those who care about IPRs and PGRs because it reflects a successful appeal from the Patent Trial & Appeal...more

Federal Circuit Grants En Banc Review of PTAB Amendment Practice

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted rehearing en banc to appellants in In re Aqua Products, Inc to consider the procedures used by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to...more

Netsirv v. Boxbee, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

A post grant review (PGR) is an administrative reconsideration of a recent-granted U.S. patent. The proceeding is held in the USPTO, before that body's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A petition for PGR is timely if it is...more

A legal look at Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions and trends: PTAB Statistics - Then and Now

The Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) procedures were enacted on September 16, 2012. Since then, the PTAB has released data on a monthly basis to illustrate the trends in the various petitions and...more

The Specter of Alice Looms Large Even in PGRs

On August 3, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a post-grant review decision that bears one striking similarity to its previous post-grant review decisions, namely invalidation of claims under Alice Corp. Pty. v....more

PTAB Issues Only Its Third Post-Grant Review Decision to Date, Invalidates Storage Container Tracking Claims Directed to...

On August 2, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in proceeding PGR2015-00009, invalidated a patent for storage container tracking and delivery as being directed to patent-ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C....more

In First Set of Post-Grant Review Decisions, PTAB Strikes Down Patents Based on Alice

Addressing for the first time the issue of patent validity in the context of an America Invents Act post-grant review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) invalidated two livestock patents as unpatentable under...more

USPTO News Briefs - July 2016

PTAB Introduces New Patent Review Processing System - In a post on the USPTO's "Director's Forum" blog, the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), David P. Ruschke, announced that the PTAB was...more

Legal FAQ: Introduction to Patent Litigation

Who enforces a patent? When can a district court patent case be filed? What does the patent holder have to prove to win an infringement suit? Fenwick patent litigators Charlene Morrow and Dargaye Churnet cover these and other...more

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