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PTAB’s Consideration of Prior Art Needs a Tune Up

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanded a case to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) where the PTAB had failed to consider a specific prior art combination and unpatentability argument advanced by the...more

Counsel’s Actions Support Inference of Intent to Deceive PTO

In a decision clarifying the analysis for inequitable conduct, a split panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court finding of specific intent to deceive the US Patent and Trademark...more

If You Need a Second Bite at the IPR Apple, Take It Quickly

In a decision denying a second petition for inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) elucidated the factors weighing against granting the petitioner’s request. The decision underscores the PTAB’s...more

PTAB Sanctions Successful IPR Petitioner, Awards Fees to Patent Owner

Addressing the “real parties in interest” requirement and claim construction issues in an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) sanctioned the petitioner for failing to disclose a corporate...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

PTAB Uses § 315(e)(1) Estoppel to Narrow IPR Scope

In two recent final written decisions (FWDs) rendered in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) narrowed the scope of the proceedings by terminating the proceedings with...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

PTAB: On Second Thought, Your IPR Is Instituted (AVX Corp. v. Greatbatch Ltd.)

In what could be a first, the Board granted-in-part a petitioner’s rehearing request, reversing its earlier decision not to institute an inter partes review (IPR). In reversing, the majority of the Board acknowledged that the...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 Clarifies Requirements for Claim Amendments - MasterImage 3D, Inc. and MasterImage 3D Asia, LLC v. RealD Inc.

In an order perhaps indicating that the tide is turning for patent owners seeking to amend claims in inter partes review (IPR), an expanded panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) provided clarification as...more

A Kinder, Gentler PTAB Allows Claim Amendments - REG Synthetic Fuels LLC v. Neste Oil Oyj

In a final written decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner that the original challenged claims were unpatentable but at the same time granted the patent owner’s motion to amend,...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

PTAB Designates Two Recent Decisions as Informative

Garmin Int’l, Inc., et al. v. Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC; Idle Free Systems, Inc. v. Bergstrom, Inc. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) recently designated as “informative” two decisions earlier released...more

PTO Decision Not to Institute IPR Is Final and Not Appealable

ZOLL Lifecor Corp. v. Philips Electronics North America Corp. - Effectively reiterating a decision from earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted a patent owner’s motion to dismiss an...more

The First Derivation Proceeding: Possession Not Enough: Need to Show Prior Conception of Claim Subject Matter

Catapult Innovations Pty Ltd v. Adidas AG - In denying institution for the first derivation petition considered on the merits, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) found that the petition was fatally flawed in...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

PTAB Reluctant to Exclude Evidence - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.

In the final written decisions of two related covered business method (CBM) patent reviews of the same patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) sided with the petitioner,...more

Arbitration Proceeding Do Not Trigger One-Year SOL for Inter Partes Review - Certain Computers and Computer Peripheral Devices,...

In response to a patent owner’s post-institution motion to terminate an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, an expanded panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) gave further definition to the triggering events of...more

Declaratory Judgment Dismissed Without Prejudice Does Not Bar Later IPR - Clio USA, Inc. v. The Procter and Gamble Company

In an institution decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board), the Board made it clear that a prior declaratory judgment action filed by the petitioner, if voluntarily dismissed without prejudice, does not bar a...more

Well-Known Technology Is Not a “Substitute Fulfillment” for Patent Eligible Subject Matter - CRS Advanced Technologies, Inc. v....

In a Covered Business Method (CBM) post-issuance review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cancelled all claims under review, concluding that the challenged claims were directed to non-eligible subject matter directed...more

Covered Business Method Review Is All or Nothing - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.

In the final written decision of the second covered business method (CBM) patent review, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) cancelled all claims under review, noting that instituting a CBM review based on a...more

The PTAB’s User Manual for Amending Claims - Idle Free Systems, Inc. v. Bergstrom, Inc.

In what is only the second final written decision of an inter partes review (IPR), the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeals Board (Board) cancelled all claims under review, finding for petitioner...more

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