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Changing Tides: The Federal Circuit Reverses the Aqua Products Decision and Shifts the Burden to the Petitioner for Proving...

In August of 2016, the Federal Circuit granted Aqua Products, Inc.’s (“Aqua Products”) petition for rehearing en banc on the issue of whether the patent owner bears the burden of persuasion of patentability when amending...more

Be Careful What You Wish For: Federal Circuit Says Statements Made During IPR Can Limit Scope of Patent

The Federal Circuit on May 11, 2017, addressing the question for the first time, held that statements made by a patent owner during inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) can...more

Cuozzo Furthers the USPTO’s Authority in Managing Its Agency Proceedings

In the much-anticipated United States Supreme Court decision this week, Cuozzo Speed Tech., LLC v. Lee, the Supreme Court upheld two important aspects of practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). ...more

USPTO Announces Second Round of AIA Rule Changes

On August 20, 2015, the Patent and Trademark Office published, in the Federal Register, a set of “Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” that would amend 37 CFR Part 42. Among...more

Major Patent Law Changes First-to-File Provisions - Effective March 16, 2013

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, the “first-inventor-to-file” provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) go into effect. These provisions replace the current “first-to-invent” system. In addition to various other...more

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