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State Waived Sovereign Immunity by Asserting Challenged Patents in District Court

In a rare order by an expanded panel that included the chief, deputy chief and vice chief judges, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied the patent owner’s motions to dismiss based on sovereign immunity under the...more

PTAB Explains Procedure for Handling Remand from Federal Circuit

In November 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 9, explaining the procedures it will use to address remands from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The PTAB...more

PTAB Underscores Reasons for Denying Institution Under 35 USC § 325(d)

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) designated as informative three decisions denying institution of inter partes reviews. CULTEC, Inc. v. Stormtech LLC, Case No. IPR2017-00777 (Grossman, APJ) (Aug. 22, 2017);...more

Expanded PTAB Panel Explains Exercise of Discretion on Second-Bite Petitions

A rare expanded panel (including the chief judge) of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) issued an precedential decision denying requests for rehearing of decisions denying institution in five inter partes...more

PTAB’s Working Definition for CBM Jurisdiction Deemed Too Broad

Addressing the standard for initiating a covered business method (CBM) review, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) decision invalidating a patent, and in the...more

For CBMs, the Name of the Game is a Financially Limited Claim

In two recently denied petitions for covered business method (CBM) review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) provided further guidance on what claimed subject matter is eligible for CBM review. BMC Software,...more

Incomplete Preemption Does Not Result in Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

In a final written decision of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found the challenged claims unpatentable on multiple grounds and clarified that, for the purpose...more

Preponderance Standard Applies to Ex Parte Re-examinations - Dome Patent L.P. v. Lee

Addressing the presumption of validity in ex parte re-examinations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reiterated that the presumption of validity does not apply to patents under reexamination in the U.S....more

Federal Circuit: PTAB’s Claim Construction Standard Is BRI, but Sometimes with an Obligation - Power Integrations v. Lee

In a decision with potentially far-reaching impact, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (Board) in arriving at a claim constructions, is obligated to...more

PTAB Institutes Very First Post-Grant Review (PGR) - American Simmental Association v. Leachman Cattle of Colorado, LLC

Representing the first decision of its kind, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) instituted the first post-grant review (PGR) under the American Invents Act (AIA). American Simmental Association v. Leachman...more

IPR Privity Analysis Includes Post-Complaint Period - VMWare, Inc. v. Good Technology Software, Inc.

Clarifying the privity requirement for inter partes review (IPR) petitions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) explained that privity should be determined looking at the...more

Prior Declaratory Judgment Action Fatal to CBM Petitioner - GTNX, Inc. v. INTTRA, Inc.

In a decision bringing four instituted covered business method (CBM) review proceedings to a full stop, the Patent Trial and Appeal board (PTAB or Board) reiterated that a petitioner’s declaratory judgment action filed before...more

First Patents Survive Inter Partes Review Fully Intact

ABB Inc. v. ROY-G-BIV Corp. - In the past several months, decisions have been rendered in the first wave of inter partes reviews filed under the American Invents Act (AIA). The early IPR decisions of the Patent Trial...more

A Primer On Claim Amendments in Post-Grant Review

Bloomberg Inc. et al. v. Markets-Alert Pty Ltd. - In the final written decision of a covered business method (CBM) review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) sided with the petitioner, canceling all claims under...more

Pre-AIA Litigation Triggers Time Bar for Inter Partes Review - Apple Inc. v. VirnetX, Inc. and Science Applications International...

In response to a petitioner’s request for rehearing of a decision denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) reiterated that...more

A Road Test of the New PTAB and a Road Map for Future IPR’s - Garmin Int’l, Inc., v. Cuozzo Speed Techs. LLC

In the final decision of the first inter partes review (IPR) (under the America Invents Act), in a proceeding that included a rejection of the patent owner’s attempt to antedate prior art using, as evidence, an inventor’s...more

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