Post-Grant Review

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Federal Circuit Reinforces PTAB’s Authority to Institute Trial on Selected Claims in Synopsis v. Mentor Graphics Appeal

Newcomers to post-grant proceedings are often surprised by the PTAB’s claim-by-claim approach to patent challenges under the America Invents Act....more

Practical Post-Grant Tip: Waiver of Service

When considering an inter partes review in conjunction with a pending patent infringement suit, defendants must time the filing of their petition to beat the one-year-from-service bar imposed by 35 U.S.C. § 315(b). ...more

Decision on Institution in PGR petition (PGR2015-00019); US Patent 8,876,991

To date, activity in the PGR (post-grant review) field is insignificant compared to activity in the IPR (inter partes review) or CBM (covered business method review) fields. For example, while there have been 3,953 petitions...more

Intellectual Property 2015 Year In Review

Introduction - As discussed in greater detail below, there were a number of notable developments in intellectual property law in 2015. Patent eligibility challenges to the validity of software, business methods, and...more

Post-Grant PTAB Procedures Are Constitutional - MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co.

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. The Federal Circuit ruled that because patents were a public right,...more

As Urged by PhRMA and BIO, Supreme Court Agrees to Review Claim Construction Standard Used in Patent Office Trials

Pharmaceutical companies have reason to be pleased with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant a petition for a writ of certiorari in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for...more

Westlake Services v. Credit Acceptance: PTAB’s Precedential Decision to Apply Estoppel on a Claim-by-Claim Basis

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently designated as precedential its decision in Westlake Services, LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp., CBM2014-00176, Paper 28 (PTAB May 14, 2015) addressing the scope of estoppel under 35...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Adds Two More Cases to its List of Precedential and Informative Decisions

Earlier this month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) added two decisions to its list of “precedential” opinions for the USPTO’s new proceedings for challenging patents under the America Invents Act. The list (which...more

No Second Bite Of The Apple for Square, Inc. – PTAB Applies Estoppel Provision Of 35 U.S.C. §325(e)(1) TO CBM Review

In the case of Square, Inc. v. Unwired Planet, LLC (CMB2015-00148), the PTAB held that the grounds raised by Square, Inc. (Petitioner) to challenge the validity of claims 1-4 of Unwired Planet’s U.S. Patent No. 7,711,100...more

PTAB Designates Two America Invents Act Review Decisions as Precedential

Recently, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) designated two America Invents Act (AIA) review decisions as precedential: LG Electronics, Inc. v. Mondis Technology, Ltd. and Westlake Services, LLC v. Credit Acceptance...more

Supreme Court Accepts 1st IPR Appeal: Cuozzo Could Mark Turning Point for Patent Owners

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cuozzo Speed v. Lee, which represents the first time the high Court will address an AIA proceeding, in this case an IPR decision. Based on the questions presented...more

Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Post-Grant Review Process, Thwarted

“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved…” unless the controversy involves the validity of a patent as determined by the Patent and...more

Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: 2015 in Review

The prevalence of inter partes reviews (and post-grant reviews to come) forces practitioners to consider the strong likelihood that patents covering commercial products will face post-grant challenges. Originally...more

Use of Priority Denial to Subject Apparent "Pre-AIA" Patents to PGR: Inguran v. Premium Genetics

A recent decision by the PTAB, Inguran v. Premium Genetics, demonstrates that a Petitioner may subject an apparent “pre-AIA” patent, having at least one priority date before and at least one priority date after March 16,...more

Higher PTAB Trial Fees On The Horizon

The USPTO has released proposed patent fee changes that include significant increases to PTAB trial fees. The proposed changes are summarized in the USPTO’s “Executive Summary” prepared for the Patent Public Advisory...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Invalidity Of A Merck Patent Based On Substantial Evidence Standard

In a recent case, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that certain claims of Merck’s U.S. Patent No. 6,011,040, which were challenged by Gnosis, were invalid as anticipated or obvious....more

Did The PTAB Dose The AIA Poison Pill Incorrectly Against Premium Genetics?

In Inguran, LLC v. Premium Genetics (UK) Ltd., the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted Post Grant Review (PGR) proceedings in a patent granted from an AIA transition application based on its finding that at...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - November/December 2015

The State of Patent Law: The Interplay of Recent, Pending, and Proposed Changes - Recent developments in the field of patent law have given weight to the old adage that the only thing that is constant is change. Enacted...more

A Decision Not to Institute a Trial at the PTAB Does Not Carry Much Weight in Federal Court

Two recent cases show that simply avoiding a post-grant review proceeding at the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) not only does not preclude a defendant in underlying patent infringement litigation in...more

SightSound v. Apple: When is a Patent a CBM Patent?

The Federal Circuit recently revisited a question first answered earlier this year in Versata Dev. Grp., Inc. v. SAP Am., Inc., 793 F.3d 1306 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (Versata II): When is a patent eligible for Covered-Business...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole: Trends in Software Patent Court Decisions Post-Alice - Why it matters: In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court held that claims for a computer-based software method for reducing...more

The Prevailing Uncertainty of a Second Bite at the Apple at the PTAB Under § 325(d) in Multiple Proceeding Cases

After filing a first post-grant proceeding, whether an inter partes review, a covered business method proceeding or a post-grant review petition challenging certain claims of a patent, the same petitioner may decide to file a...more

The PTAB Can Institute Post Grant Trial on a Legal Ground Not Raised in the Petition

In In re Cuozzo Speed Tech., the patentee tried (and failed) to challenge the Board’s decision to institute an IPR on the basis of a combination of references that the petitioner had never suggested. However, even in Cuozzo...more

Federal Circuit Judges Voice Concern Over PTAB Practice of Denying AIA Petitions Based on “Redundancy”

In a recent oral argument, Federal Circuit judges criticized the USPTO practice of not instituting AIA post grant proceedings on grounds considered “redundant” of other grounds in a petition. The USPTO conceded that it uses...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Post-Issuance Trials

Last week, the Federal Circuit held in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co., _____ F.3d _____ (Fed. Cir. 2015) that inter partes review trials do not violate Article III and the Seventh Amendment of the...more

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