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Why Design Patents Are Surviving Post-Grant Challenges

As of January 2017, the institution rate for Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials involving design patents was 37 percent. That is significantly lower than every other technology area and makes design patents the only...more

Post-Grant Proceedings Overview

by Morgan Lewis on

Post-Grant Proceedings Chart - Effect of concurrent proceedings - For Inter Partes Review (IPR) - ..No IPR may be filed by a party (1) that previously challenged the validity of a claim of the patent in a civil...more

IPR Estoppel Update: District Courts are Questioning the Reasoning of Shaw But are Compelled to Follow It

Challenging the validity of a patent in an inter partes review (IPR) or post-grant review (PGR) does not come without risk. If the petitioner is unsuccessful in proving that the challenged claims of a patent are...more

2017 PTAB Digest: The Latest Trends and Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

by Morgan Lewis on

Recent patent reform legislation, rule changes, and court rulings are expected to have a significant impact on the strategies of both patent owners and petitioners. Please see full Digest Report below for more information....more

PTAB Finds Patent Is Ineligible for Post Grant Review—Claim Submitted During Prosecution (but Canceled Before Issuance) Had...

On April 3, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) declined to institute post-grant review (PGR) of U.S. Patent No. 9,291,250 (the “’250 patent”), finding that it was not eligible for PGR. The petitioner argued that...more

2017 Mid-Year Statistics Point to Continued Rise in IPR Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

March 31st marked the mid-point of the PTAB’s fiscal year and the release of mid-year statistics on AIA proceedings... ...One interesting trend is a continued increase in overall number of IPR petitions (mid-year there are...more

PTAB Releases March 2017 Stats

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has released its March 2017 statistics. The end of March marking the halfway point in the USPTO's fiscal year, the overall totals for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) are coming...more

Federal Circuit to PTAB: No Short Cuts Allowed

Today, the Federal Circuit, vacated-in-part and remanded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s obviousness determination regarding a Securus Technologies patent directed to systems and methods for reviewing conversation data...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

Sovereign Immunity and Inter Partes Review: Protection From Post-Grant Proceedings for Universities and Affiliated Entities?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Since its inception in 2012, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has invalidated a slew of patents in inter partes review (IPR), leading some to characterize the nascent body as the “patent death squad.” As such,...more

Issue Three: Keeping Tabs on the PTAB

by Goodwin on

The availability of post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has changed the face of patent litigation. This monthly digest is designed to keep you up-to-date by highlighting interesting PTAB,...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

Practice Tips Learned From the Inaugural PTAB Bar Association Conference

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The newly formed PTAB Bar association held its inaugural conference in Washington, D.C. from March 1-3. More than 400 people were in attendance, including a mix of practitioners, in-house counsel, PTAB administrative law...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

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

New Amendments to SIPO's Guidelines for Patent Examination

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (“SIPO”) on March 1, 2017 finalized the amendment to its Guidelines for Examination; the amendments included patentability of business method patents, enhanced claiming options...more

Patent Claims, Not Embodiments Disclosed in Specification or Litigation Strategy, Determine Eligibility for Covered Business...

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

A divided Federal Circuit panel recently vacated a Patent Trial and Appeal Board final decision ruling that challenged patent claims were unpatentable, by holding that the patent was not eligible for review under the...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

Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Report 2016

by Fish & Richardson on

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

Preliminary Injunction Maintained Despite Adverse Decision in Parallel Post-Grant Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the merits of an injunction in a case where the district court and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) disagreed as to the validity of a patent in parallel proceedings, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

IPR Estoppel Provisions May Not Be That Scary After All

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

IPR petitioners wary of the statutory estoppel under 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(2) may have reason to be cautiously optimistic. Judge Sue Robinson of the Federal District Court of Delaware recently held that Toshiba is not estopped...more

State Universities Rejoice: PTAB Recognizes Sovereign Immunity Defense

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) upheld a defense of sovereign immunity asserted by the University of Florida Research Foundation (the...more

Passed House of Representatives Bill May Affect the Burden of Persuasion for Patentability of Amended Claims in IPRs

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that, if enacted, could make it easier for patent owners to amend their claims during post-grant proceedings such as inter partes reviews (IPR). The proposed law would...more

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