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PTAB Boardside Chat Provides Further Details About New Amendment Procedure

On Nov. 8, 2018, the PTAB provided another presentation in its continuing series of Boardside Chats, during which Acting Chief Judge Scott Boalick, Acting Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla, and Vice Chief Judge Scott Weidenfeller covered the recently updated Trial Practice Guide (see our recent post entitled “Revamped Trial Practice Guide Holds Surprises”), SOP1 relating … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Announces Proposal To Facilitate Amendments In AIA Challenges

On Oct. 26, 2018, the USPTO published a proposal for implementing a new 2-phase procedure for patent owners to make amendments during AIA patent challenges.  A key difference under the new process would be that patent owners get a second chance after receiving an initial determination on their proposed amended claims to make further changes.  If implemented, this … Continue reading this entry

Getting The Last Word: Requesting a Patent Owner Sur-Reply in AIA-PTAB Proceedings

Practitioners are familiar with the typical submission process in America Invents Act (“AIA”) – Patent Trial and Appeals Board (“PTAB”) proceedings.  First, the Petition is filed, and then the Patent Owner may submit a Patent Owner Preliminary Response. See Office Patent Trial Practice Guide, 77 Fed. Reg. 48757-58.  Subsequent to that filing, the PTAB will … Continue reading this entry

SAS Institute: Two Weeks In

As explained in a prior client alert, two weeks ago the Supreme Court issued its decision in SAS Institute v. Iancu holding that “[w]hen the Patent Office institutes an inter partes review, it must decide the patentability of all of the claims the petitioner has challenged.”  The primary significance of SAS is its impact on … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Claim Construction Standard used in PTAB Proceedings

Today, the USPTO announced its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Claim Construction Standard used in PTAB Proceedings.  As summarized in the Notice: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO” or “Office”) proposes changes to the claim construction standard for interpreting claims in inter partes review (“IPR”), post-grant review (“PGR”), and the transitional program … Continue reading this entry

PTAB -A Year In Review of 2017

2017 was a year for the record books at the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB), which has included newly created standard operating procedures from the PTAB, a landmark en banc ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit impacting amendment practice, and a series of informative decisions from PTAB impacting multiple proceedings … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit: Effect of Disclaimer Prior to Trial Institution

In Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al., slip op. 2017-1239, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision to enter an adverse judgment following Patent Owner’s disclaimer of all claims challenged in an inter partes review petition before the institution of trial.  At the time of entering the adverse judgment, an estoppel effect … Continue reading this entry

PTAB Grants Rare Request for Additional Discovery In IPR

In Mylan v. Allergan (IPR2016-00127, Paper No. 73), the PTAB granted a rare request for discovery filed be Petitioner in response to summaries of data presented in a Patent Owner Response used to rebut obviousness.  In particular, the PTAB found that the Garmin factors for analyzing discovery requests weighed in favor of granting Petitioner’s motion.  However, the … Continue reading this entry

Seeking Balance: A Review of the First 4 Years of the PTAB

Looking back on the major developments that have shaped AIA proceedings over the first four years, three sources have contributed to changes: (1) rulemaking, (2) informative decisions by the PTAB, and (3) key appellate decisions of the US Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  While a number of improvements have been … Continue reading this entry

IPR PROACTIVE DEFENSE MEASURES – STRATEGIES AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR PATENT OWNERS

Many patent owners have not yet had to defend against an inter partes review (IPR), but the popularity of this proceeding increases the chances that they will encounter it down the road if they have not already faced one. This article explores IPR proactive defense measures that may be useful for patent owners to deploy … Continue reading this entry

Guarding Against Conclusory Statements & Why It Matters Even More Under The New PTAB Rules

A common deficiency highlighted in recent PTAB decisions denying institution of an IPR petition is that an expert declaration offers only “conclusory” statements in relation to one or more key aspects of the alleged ground of unpatentability. For example, in a decision denying institution in IPR2016-00011, the PTAB commented that “Dr. Harrigan’s opinion in this … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Releases New Rules For AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

Today the USPTO released its long-awaited package of rules for AIA post-grant proceedings. The final rules largely track the proposed rules (see “USPTO Proposes Extensive Changes to AIA Post-Grant Proceedings” to compare them), although they contain one surprise. Overall, the new rules may reduce the number of instituted IPRs and AIA proceedings by adding a … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Backs PTAB Decision Curtailing A Party's Use Of "Supplemental" Information

In Redline Detection v. Star Envirotech, the Federal Circuit confirmed that the PTAB can decline to consider timely filed “supplemental” information from a petitioner (after filing its petition) pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 42.123(a). While some PTAB decisions have permitted very limited use of Rule 123(a) by petitioners to supplement their petition after an institution … Continue reading this entry

Rolling the Dice on Foreign Depositions in IPR Proceedings

In litigation, it is not uncommon for depositions to be taken outside the U.S., particularly when a given witness resides outside the U.S. and cannot or does not wish to travel to the U.S. In IPR proceedings, however, a foreign-based witness’s testimony may be discarded if the witness won’t come to the U.S. for a … Continue reading this entry

Will New PTAB Rules Impact IPRs Filed By Kyle Bass Hedge Fund?

On August 19th, the USPTO released a new set of proposed rules related to post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Among the many offered rules was the addition of a “Rule 11-type certification” for all papers filed with the PTAB. Such a provision would provide for sanctions for noncompliant practitioners and parties … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Proposes Extensive Changes to AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

Today the USPTO released a 113-page set of proposed changes to AIA post-grant proceedings, including IPR, PGR and CBM proceedings. The USPTO has been attempting to address concerns expressed by the public, having implemented an earlier set of “quick fix” rules changes on May 19th. The prior and newly proposed rule changes may impact proposed legislative changes being debated … Continue reading this entry