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

Attorney General’s Office May Weigh In on Constitutionality of IPRs involving Pre-AIA Patents

By Tom Engellenner The 2011 America Invents Act (AIA) provided a variety of new ways to administratively challenge patents, including the now widely used inter partes review (“IPR”) procedure.  In two recent appeals of IPR decisions, Genentech has challenged the constitutionality of IPR proceedings when applied to patents that were already issued as of the … Continue reading Attorney General’s Office May Weigh In on Constitutionality of IPRs involving Pre-AIA Patents

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 implicate the Seventh Amendment. This decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy … Continue reading SCOTUS Holds Inter Partes Review Proceedings Valid In “Narrow” Decision

PTAB gives Apple’s Foe a Second Bite by Granting Realtime Data’s Motion to Amend

By Reza Mollaaghababa In an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, a patent owner may file one motion to amend the patent in one or more of the following ways: (a) cancel any challenged patent claim, or (b) for each challenged claim, propose a reasonable number of substitute claims.  35 U.S.C. §316(d).  1290.  With regard to … Continue reading PTAB gives Apple’s Foe a Second Bite by Granting Realtime Data’s Motion to Amend