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Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – January 2018

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

Through January 15, 2018, the Federal Circuit decided 296 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 219 (73.99%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 34...more

2017 PTAB Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present our 2017 PTAB Year in Review. We begin our report with a review of 2017 petition filings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which continues to be one of the...more

PTAB Statistics for Calendar Year 2017

by Jones Day on

The PTAB has posted the AIA Trial Statistics through the end of calendar year 2017. The statistics are available for download at the PTO website....more

Post-Institution Disclaimer Insufficient to Avoid CBM Review

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB has determined that a patent owner may not moot a CBM proceeding by disclaiming claims post-institution. Emerson Electric Co. v. SIPCO, LLC, CBM2016-00095, Paper 39 (P.T.A.B. Jan. 16, 2018)....more

IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in December 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 61 IPR and CBM Final Written Decisions in December, including decisions following remands from the Federal Circuit, cancelling 852 (73.83%) instituted claims while declining to cancel...more

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – December 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

Through December 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit decided 289 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 216 (74.74%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 32...more

PTAB Increasing AIA Trial Fees in January

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

On January 16, 2018, the USPTO will increase its fees for inter partes reviews (IPR), post-grant reviews (PGR), and covered business method reviews (CBM). The base cost for an IPR increases from $23,000 to $30,500. ...more

Portion of PTAB’s Facebook Decision Addressing Pre-Institution Statutory Disclaimers Designated as Precedential

True to its ongoing effort to increase the number of precedential decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“P.T.A.B.”) designated, on December 21, 2017, a portion of its Decision on Petitioner’s Request for Rehearing in...more

Broadening Your Issued Patent - A Chance to Fix the Past

by Workman Nydegger on

Patent owners considering enforcement frequently wonder what they can do to strengthen their patent, more commonly to add claims that better cover known infringers, but also whether to correct errors in spelling and syntax. ...more

PTAB Denies CBM Institution Based on Technological Invention Exception

by Jones Day on

On December 1, 2017, the PTAB denied institution of a covered business method (“CBM”) petition because the challenged patent is directed to a “technological invention” and therefore is ineligible for CBM review under section...more

IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in November 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 35 IPR and CBM Final Written Decisions in November, including decisions following remands from the Federal Circuit, cancelling 328 (62.84%) instituted claims while declining to cancel...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

New USPTO Fee Schedule Increases Fees For Challenging Granted Patents, Adds Streamlined Reexamination Option

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The USPTO recently published an adjusted fee schedule for certain patent fees. The new schedule significantly increases the fees for challenging the validity of a patent in inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR)...more

IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in October 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 44 IPR and CBM Final Written Decisions in October, cancelling 623 (70%) instituted claims while declining to cancel 267 (30%) instituted claims. Patent owners did not concede any...more

What if IPRs are Found Unconstitutional in Oil States?

On November 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. The issue is: - Whether inter partes review, an adversarial process used by the Patent and Trademark...more

USPTO Fee Increases Impact IPR Filing Costs

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Much like death and taxes, USPTO fee increases are a sure thing. On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued a new final rule raising many of the fees charged by the Office. The Office also provided a chart that shows the...more

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