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The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant... more +
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant changes to the patent system, including changing from a first-to-invent scheme to a first-to-file scheme, eliminating interference proceedings and developing post-grant opposition.  less -

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – November 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

Through November 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit decided 275 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 205 (74.55%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 31...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Complementsoft, LLC

Perhaps overlooked in the widespread assessments of the Supreme Court's questioning of the parties in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC is the argument before the Court in SAS Institute, Inc. v....more

SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on PTAB's Practice of Instituting Review and Issuing Final Decisions on Fewer Than All Challenged...

by White & Case LLP on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal et al. regarding whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) must issue a final written decision as...more

Federal Circuit Slams PTAB Amendment Policy

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, overruled an earlier panel decision and found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had been impermissibly placing the burden of...more

US: Supreme Court hears argument on constitutionality of inter partes review

by Hogan Lovells on

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and...more

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

US Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on the Constitutionality of IPR Proceedings

by White & Case LLP on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC over whether inter partes review (IPR)—an adversarial process used by...more

Is a Patent a Private or Public Right? -- Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's...

Leading up to the Supreme Court oral argument for Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC on November 27, 2017, there was a lot of discussion regarding whether patents were a private or public right. ...more

Wands Analysis Required to Establish Lack of Enablement in PGR Eligibility Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the threshold question of whether a patent is eligible for post-grant review (PGR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board or PTAB) denied institution of the PGR because the petitioner had not adequately...more

The Importance of Affidavit Evidence in Proving Public Accessibility of Printed Publications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of evidence sufficient to establish when a document qualifies as printed publication and prior art, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) issued two decisions reaching differing conclusions,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears "Oil States" Oral Arguments Regarding Constitutionality of the Patent Office Review Board

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, Civ. No. 16-712. The Court will decide whether inter partes reviews violate the U.S...more

A Deep Dive in Petition Filing Stats

For the first time in more than two years, we observed an eye-catching quarter-to-quarter dip in the number of new patents challenged at the PTAB. Slightly more than 200 patents were hit with their first PTAB petition between...more

PTAB Publishes SOP for Handling Remands from the Federal Circuit

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently issued a Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) for remands from the Federal Circuit. Remands of America Invents Act trials (IPR, CBM, and PGR) and ex parte and reexamination...more

Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the IPR statute

by Goodwin on

The Supreme Court today considered the constitutionality of the IPR statute in a lively hour-long oral argument before a packed courtroom. The case, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, asks whether...more

Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC -- Positions Taken in Selected Amicus Curiae Briefs

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court considered the question of whether the inter partes review process established by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in implementing portions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act or...more

Centuries of Precedent are Little Help as IPR Constitutionality Divides Justices

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the heavily anticipated case of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC on the question of whether AIA trials at the patent office, such as inter partes...more

Supreme Court Justices’ Questions in Oil States Suggest Inter Partes Review Will Be Upheld as Constitutional

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712. The case presents a direct challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

November 2017: Seven Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

Justice Neil Gorsuch began his first full Term on the Supreme Court this October, with court-watchers eagerly anticipating which cases the Supreme Court will take and waiting to see how Justice Gorsuch will affect the...more

PTAB Issues Guidance on Motions to Amend in View of Aqua Products

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) recently issued guidance on motions to amend in AIA trial proceedings following the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, 872 F.3d 1290 (Fed....more

Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group: Supreme Court to Decide if Patents are Private or Public Rights

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Rory P. Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department and a member of both the Emerging Companies and Life Sciences and Medical Devices practice groups, addressed the Supreme Court Case Oil States Energy...more

PTAB Issues New Remand Procedures

by Knobbe Martens on

On November 16, 2017, the USPTO issued new procedures (“Standard Operating Procedure 9”) for governing cases remanded from the Federal Circuit. These procedures are applicable to all decisions remanded from the Federal...more

Oil States Preview Take II -- Just What Did the Supreme Court Hold in McCormick Harveting Machine v. Aultman?

Last week, we provided a preview of the Supreme Court case Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC. that will be argued on November 27, 2017. The underlying case has received a lot of attention, so it...more

The Board Gives Section 325(d) Sharp Teeth—Part II – The Petitioner's Criticality to Selecting and Using The Right Prior Art

This is the second of a three-part series discussing developments around Section 325(d). Part one appeared in our October 2017 newsletter and part three will appear in our December 2017 newsletter....more

USPTO Revised Patent Fees, Oh My!

On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued and published the final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017.” The final rule set or adjusted certain patent fees, as provided by the Leahy-Smith America...more

PTAB Issues Guidance on Remand Procedures

On November 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) published a revised Standard Operating Procedure 9 (“SOP 9”) to provide guidance on the PTAB’s procedures for handling cases that have been remanded from the U.S....more

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