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Agreement To Arbitrate “Any Disputes” Doesn’t Reach Derivative Claims

Corn v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6182 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Aug. 22, 2016) is a case about the meaning of one sentence in a settlement agreement consisting of just seven words – “The Parties agree to...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 10

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Please see full Newsletter below for more information....more

How the PTAB Treats Pre-Institution Factual Disputes

As a result of recent changes in the PTAB rules of practice, counsel for patent owners should consider whether there are opportunities to identify factual deficiencies in petitions. Counsel for petitioners in inter partes...more

Lumentum Holdings, Inc. v. Capella Photonics, Inc., Case IPR2015-00739 (Mar. 4, 2016) (Paper 38)

Takeaway: - The statutory provision that sets forth the requirement to identify all real parties-in-interest in an IPR petition, 35 U.S.C. §312(a)(2), is not jurisdictional in nature. Failing to comply with this...more

The PTAB Review - June 2016

Post-Grant Review Proceeding Filings Ramp Up In addition to inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review proceedings, the America Invents Act (AIA) provides for post-grant review (PGR) proceedings. PGR...more

Post-Grant Review Roils Patent Litigation Waters

The America Invents Act (AIA) has had a profound impact on patent litigation, particularly surrounding inter partes and other post-grant proceedings. Below, Manish K. Mehta, who handles patent litigation across an array of...more

Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the PTAB Take Effect May 2, 2016

The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that will take effect on May 2, 2016. The amendments generally adopt the rules proposed...more

Real Party-in-Interest in Post-Grant Proceedings

A party petitioning for inter partes review (IPR) is required to name all real parties-in-interest (RPIs)—this helps ensure proper application of statutory estoppel and assists the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in...more

PTO Issues Final Rule Changes to IPR Proceedings

The PTO issued its long-anticipated rule changes for IPR and PGR proceedings. These rules follow up on immediate changes to the rules that were implemented about a year ago. Generally considered pro-Patent Owner changes to...more

Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Report 2015

Since the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA) in September 2012, post-grant proceedings have become an important part of litigation strategy, and in some instances are helping to reduce the time and cost associated...more

IPR Survives Despite Petitioner Failure to Name All Real Parties of Interest - Mako Surgical Corp. v. Blue Belt Techs., Inc.

Addressing the real parties in interest (RPI) requirement for inter partes review (IPR) petitions, a panel for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) declined to terminate an already instituted IPR, despite the...more

Board to Petitioner: No RPI, No IPR - Corning Optical Comm’s RF, LLC v. PPC Broadband, Inc.

Addressing the requirement to disclose the real parties-in-interest (RPI) for an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied the petitioner’s request for rehearing regarding the...more

Suggestion of Control Not Enough for RPI Challenge; Nexus Matters for Commercial Success - Universal Remote Control, Inc. v....

Addressing the real parties-in-interest (RPI) requirement for inter partes review (IPR) and the “nexus” requirement for commercial success to rebut an obviousness challenge, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board),...more

Spangenberg Finds Partner to Target Nucynta® Patent

About a year ago, certain hedge-fund petitioners made headlines by filing IPR petitions targeting various biopharma patents. Most notably, Kyle Bass, founder of Dallas-based hedge fund Hayman Capital Management, and his...more

File It Early: The PTAB Rejects an IPR Petition for Being One Day Late—Despite Protestations of "Malfunctioning" PTO Website

35 U.S.C. § 315(b) bars petitions for an inter partes review that are filed “more than one year after the date on which the petitioner, real party in interest or privy of the petitioner is served with a complaint alleging...more

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Insight into the Scope of Board Institution-Related Decisions That Are Not Appealable

Just as inter parties review proceedings (“IPRs”) are limited in scope, addressing invalidity based only on patents and printed publications, practitioners should keep in mind that appellate review of United States Patent...more

Non-Litigant, You Are Not Needed in This IPR - Unified Patents Inc. v. C-Cation Techs., Inc.

Addressing joinder issues, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied a request to institute an inter partes review (IPR) and a request for joinder, finding joinder would complicate the instituted IPR and that...more

No Review of PTAB Determination to Not Institute an IPR, Again - Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.

Addressing a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) to not institute inter partes review IPR proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded...more

Identification of Cases in Comments to Proposed Rule Change Is Consistent With Prior Guidance in PTAB Practice Guide

Privity and real party-in-interest (RPI) issues have become important, sometimes case determinative, for petitioners filing post-grant challenges such as inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews. The U.S....more

PTAB Institutes Kyle Bass Lialda Patent IPR

After filing over thirty petitions for Inter Partes Review of Orange Book-listed patents for various drugs, Kyle Bass and his Coalition for Affordable Drugs finally have made it over the first hurdle. The USPTO Patent Trial...more

Federal Circuit Holds That It Lacks Jurisdiction To Review PTAB’s § 315 Time-Bar Determination

The Federal Circuit has again held that it lacks jurisdiction to review certain decisions of the U.S. Patent Trial & Appeal Board in Inter Partes Reviews, continuing the Court’s apparent “hands off” approach to reviewing PTAB...more

Ray Charles Foundation Can Challenge Heirs’ Attempt to Reclaim Copyrights - Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson et al.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a suit brought by the sole beneficiary of the Ray Charles estate, concluding that the Ray Charles Foundation had standing to challenge...more

First Bass IPR Instituted

After having its first three IPR petitions denied, yesterday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted the first IPR petition filed by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and the Coalition for Affordable Drugs II LLC. On...more

Standing Conferred Only to a Privy of the Petitioner - Acxiom Corporation v. Phoenix Licensing, LLC

Addressing the issue of standing, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, finding that the petitioner failed to provide sufficient proof...more

Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. v. Apple Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this week, in the Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. v. Apple Inc. case, the Federal Circuit reaffirmed the holding in In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC that it could not review any decision by the Patent Trial and...more

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