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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

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

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

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

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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

Federal Circuit Shifts Burden of Proof for Amendments in Post-Grant Proceedings

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 4, 2017, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a ruling in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, placing the burden of persuasion on the petitioner to prove the invalidity of amended claims in post-grant...more

PTAB Chief Judge Discusses Post-grant Review Statistics at IPO Meeting

The value of the post-grant review programs (post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business methods review) has been debated since these provisions were enacted as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in...more

PTAB Establishes Criteria Governing Follow-On Petitions For AIA Post Grant Proceedings

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

General Plastic Industrial Co. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Case IPR2016-01357 (PTAB Sept. 6, 2017)- A familiar strategy in inter partes (“IPR”) review proceedings under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) is for petitioners to...more

USPTO Maintains Standard for Indefiniteness in Rare Precedential Opinion

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Decision on Appeal, Ex parte McAward et al., No. 2015-006416 (P.T.A.B. August 25, 2017) (Judges Linda E. Horner, Annette R. Reimers and Nathan A. Engels) - The Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig...more

Stronger Patents Act: 5 Significant Proposed Changes to Inter Partes Reviews

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Recently, Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del) introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. So far, this is the only legislation introduced in this Congress addressing any sort of patent reform. The proposal would significantly...more

3 Key Takeaways: Navigating the Post-Grant Landscape

Kilpatrick Townsend’s John Alemanni, Allison Dobson, Matthew Holohan, and Wab Kadaba recently presented on navigating the Post-Grant landscape. Here are three key takeaways from their presentation. The STRONG Patents Act...more

Changes to PTAB Practice Proposed by STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

The STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of 2017 was recently introduced in the Senate by a bipartisan group led by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and co-sponsored...more

Federal Circuit Criticizes PTAB for Failing to Properly Weigh Objective Evidence of Non-Obviousness

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals again vacated a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel decision for failing to properly evaluate “objective evidence of non-obviousness” and remanded the case for determinations...more

Is the Pendulum About to Swing Back?

In 2012, the American Invents Act created Inter Partes review (“IPR”) and related proceedings that allowed parties to request that the Patent Office institute a trial to determine the patentability of issued claims. Over the...more

PTAB Can Rely on New Evidence Introduced by Petitioner in its Reply

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a decision last month, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave petitioners in AIA proceedings yet another weapon to invalidate patents – by affirming a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision that relied,...more

No Post-Grant Review Where Challenged Claims Are Disclaimed

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing whether disclaimer of all challenged claims prior to institution of post-grant review constitutes a request for adverse judgment, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found that it did not and denied the...more

Senate’s STRONGER Patents Act Aims to Address Key PTAB Patent Owner Woes

by Jones Day on

On June 21, Senators Chris Coons (D-Del), Tom Cotton (R-Ark), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), and Mazie Hironoa (D-Hawaii) introduced the “Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience Patents Act of...more

Federal Circuit Puts the Brakes on PTAB Final Written Decision For Procedural APA Violation

In EmeraChem Holdings LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am. Inc., the Federal Circuit reminded the PTAB that it must abide by the APA’s requirements of adequate notice and an opportunity to respond when conducting a post-grant...more

STRONGER Patents Act Proposes Substantial Changes to AIA Trial Proceedings

On September 21, 2017, Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 in the Senate. STRONGER is an acronym for “Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience.” The...more

Supreme Court’s Ruling on AIA Patent Reviews Could Reverberate Across Patent Law Landscape

Supreme Court’s Ruling on AIA Patent Reviews Could Reverberate Across Patent Law Landscape - Key Takeaways - The impact of the Court’s grant of Oil States’s petition for certiorari, and their subsequent decision on...more

Patent Legislation on the Hill: Senators Introduce the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Although the America Invents Act was enacted less than six years ago, the appetite for intellectual property legislation in D.C. has continued unabated over the last several years. In addition to the recent Defend Trade...more

An Early Look at the Impact of Oil States

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs. LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, No. 16-712 (U.S. Jun. 12, 2017). The Supreme Court will review whether the Constitution permits the PTAB, a...more

Supreme Court to Decide the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

In a move that could drastically change the patent law landscape, the United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, No. 16-712, to answer the question...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs (2nd Article)

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Partnering Perspectives - Summer 2017

As we implement the Eversheds Sutherland combination and expand our ability to serve clients around the globe, our US and international teams are working together to analyze issues impacting clients doing business in multiple...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

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