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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

Remands From the Federal Circuit Back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Are They a “Redo” or Something More Limited?

by WilmerHale on

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit), the reviewing court for the decisions issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board), has handled over 1,000 appeals from the Board on patent trials...more

USPTO Adjusts Fees for PTAB IPR Proceedings

by Jones Day on

On November 14th, the USPTO issued a final rule setting and adjusting patent fees during fiscal year 2017. The new fees, set to take effect January 16, 2018, include upward adjustments of fees for requesting Inter Partes...more

Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter - November 2017

The Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both sides...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 Announces Fee Increases Effective January 16, 2018

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

United States Patent and Trademark Office has published final rules increasing certain fees relating to patent examination and post grant proceedings (Please click here to see the USPTO’s table showing the fee changes...more

USPTO Finalizes Rule For Privileged Communications In Trials Before The PTAB

by Weintraub Tobin on

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) provided for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, the...more

Increasing Role of Objective Indicia of Nonobviousness in AIA Proceedings

by WilmerHale on

During inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, a patent owner facing a challenge to a patent’s claims on the basis of obviousness may seek to counter this challenge by presenting evidence of objective indicia of...more

Oil States Energy and SAS Institute: SCOTUS to Review Inter Partes Reviews

by Revision Legal on

As we recently discussed with respect to the proposed STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, legal debate continues to swirl around inter partes reviews. The US Supreme Court has entered the ring recently by accepting certiorari on...more

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

With Sovereign Immunity, the McCaskill Bill, and Oil States, Big Changes Might Be in Store for Inter Partes Review

When the American Invents Act was passed in 2011, most of us saw the inter partes review process as a streamlined, relatively inexpensive procedure that would permit accused infringers, especially those accused by...more

PTAB Should Have Given Credit to Inventor Corroborating Evidence

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of whether the patent owner had provided sufficient evidence of prior conception to establish inurement by third-party activity, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a...more

The PTAB Establishes Standards for Exercising Discretion to Deny Institution Under § 314(a) and § 325(d)

In AIA post-grant proceedings, petitioners occasionally present challenges based on prior art or argumentation that was previously presented to the Patent Office. In some cases, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has...more

The Board Gives Section 325(d) Sharp Teeth

This is the first of a three-part series discussing developments around Section 325(d). Part two will appear in our November 2017 newsletter and part three will appear in our December 2017 newsletter. Congress granted the...more

Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter - October 2017

The PTAB Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both sides of the “v” with an...more

Aqua Products Levels the Playing Field at the PTAB

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

By giving patent owners a more effective tool for amending claims during an IPR proceeding, the Federal Circuit’s latest en banc decision changes the way stakeholders approach these proceedings. Key Points: - The burden...more

Federal Circuit Shifts Burden of Demonstrating Patentability for Amended Claims in Post-Grant Proceedings

by Alston & Bird on

Since the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA), the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has required patent owners to bear the burden of proving the patentability of substitute claims in post-grant motions to...more

Financial Times to "the Patent Troll Narrative" -- Much Ado About Nothing

On October 16, 2017, the Financial Times (London) published an article by Rana Foroohar entitled "Big Tech vs. Big Pharma: the battle over US patent protection." If the article can be encapsulated in a word, that word would...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Petitioner in AIA Reviews has Burden to Prove Unpatentability for Amended Claims

On October 4, 2017, the Federal Circuit provided some relief to patent owners by holding that petitioners seeking to cancel patent claims through inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”) under the Leahy-Smith America Invents...more

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

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 33 IPR and CBM Final Written Decisions in September, cancelling 501 (87.28%) instituted claims while declining to cancel 53 (9.23%) instituted claims. Patent owners conceded 20...more

Hatch Hints At Changes To Patent Law

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

A Look Forward on Patent Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch, October 2, 2017 - Patent law reform legislation reminds us of a horror movie zombie: it’s never truly dead. A recent post from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is the latest...more

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