The American Rule Is Still the Rule

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Laura Peter, Deputy Director, Patent and Trademark Office v. NantKwest, Inc., No. 18-801 (December 11, 2019)

Today, the Supreme Court overruled a recent interpretation of 35 USC §145 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which permits the USPTO to recover expenses against applicants who filed civil actions against the USPTO. Section 145 allows unsuccessful parties at the USPTO to file a district court action for review of a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instead of going directly to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Traditionally, the statute has been interpreted to permit the USPTO to recover expenses such as copying costs and expert fees.

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Did You Know About Supplemental Examination?

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The America Invents Act (AIA) ushered in an era of Patent Office trials to adjudicate the validity of issued patents. The AIA, however, created an additional, lesser used, avenue to address patent validity. This procedure is known as Supplemental Examination under 35 USC 257.

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Vacatur and Remand Is Not for Everyone

Customedia Tech., LLC v. Dish Network Corp.., Appeal Nos. 2018-2239, -2240, -2310, 2019-1000, -1001, -1002, -1027 and -1029 (Fed. Cir., Nov. 1, 2019).

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The day after the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., Appeal No. 2018-2140 (Fed. Cir., Oct. 31, 2019), the Federal Circuit issued a pair of precedential orders in appeals of inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews.  Appellant Customedia Tech sought to avail itself of the Arthrex decision to have adverse decisions vacated on the grounds that the Patent Trial and Appeals Board was constituted in a manner that violated the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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