Category Archives: USPTO

CAFC Affirms PTAB’s Decision That Printed Matter Doctrine Can Be Used In Claim Construction

By Reza Mollaaghababa In an inter partes review proceeding, a challenger cannot raise patent-eligibility as a ground of invalidity.  Rather, the invalidity grounds are limited to lack of novelty and obviousness.  Notwithstanding, in construing claim terms, the PTAB can decide … Continue reading

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Once The Federal Circuit Affirms A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity, Collateral Estoppel Prevents Patent Owner From Asserting The Claims In Any Further Proceeding

By Reza Mollaaghababa On May 23, 2018, in XY, LLC v. Trans Ova Genetics, L.C., CAFC held that its affirmance of PTAB’s invalidity decision regarding certain claims of a patent owned by XY in a separate appeal involving a different … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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SAS Institute Decision Causes Turmoil At The PTAB

By Tom Engellenner The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week in SAS Institute v. Iancu has upended a major provision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) regulations for inter partes and post grant review proceedings conducted by its … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Holds Inter Partes Review Proceedings Valid In “Narrow” Decision

By Aparna Nemlekar This week the Supreme Court of the United States (“Supreme Court”), in a 7-2 decision, held that inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) do not violate Article III or … Continue reading

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