Year in Review: Changes in PTAB Practice in 2018

By Tom Engellenner A number of significant changes occurred in 2018 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). To begin with, in February 2018, a new USPTO Director took office.  Director Andrew Iancu, a former patent litigator with law firm experience, appears to have brought a different perspective than that of his corporate predecessors … Continue reading Year in Review: Changes in PTAB Practice in 2018

USPTO Proposes Change In Claim Construction Standard For Post-Grant Proceedings

By Reza Mollaaghababa On May 9, 2018, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rule for changing the standard for construing claims in unexpired patents in inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and transitional covered business method (CBM) proceedings from current broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) to the same claim construction … Continue reading USPTO Proposes Change In Claim Construction Standard For Post-Grant Proceedings

PTAB Issues Guidelines for Motions to Amend

By Reza Mollaaghababa An en banc panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in the case of Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal recently held that in an inter-partes (IPR) proceeding, the burden of persuasion rests with the challenger to persuade the PATB that substitute claims proposed by a patent owner in … Continue reading PTAB Issues Guidelines for Motions to Amend

Federal Circuit Slams PTAB Amendment Policy

By Tom Engellenner On October 4, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, overruled an earlier panel decision and found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had been impermissibly placing the burden of proving the patentability of amended claims on the Patent Owner, rather than the Petitioner.   See, … Continue reading Federal Circuit Slams PTAB Amendment Policy