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

Mohawks To The Rescue? Can You Immunize Patents From PTAB Review By Assigning To A Native American Tribe?

By Tom Engellenner In an unusual move to combat the perceived bias in favor of patent challengers at the U.S. Patent Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Irish drug company Allergan has decided to warehouse its key patents on the dry-eye drug Restasis with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York.  … Continue reading Mohawks To The Rescue? Can You Immunize Patents From PTAB Review By Assigning To A Native American Tribe?

USPTO Responds To Criticism By Promising PTAB Rule Changes That Should Benefit Patent Owners

By Tom Engellenner Newly appointed USPTO Director Michelle Lee has responded to public criticism of the post-grant patent review mechanisms provided by the America Invents Act (AIA) by announcing in her blog last week that the government will implement several rule changes. The new rules, which will be implemented in three stages, have not yet been … Continue reading USPTO Responds To Criticism By Promising PTAB Rule Changes That Should Benefit Patent Owners

PTAB Rejects Covered Business Method Claims

By Ben Snitkoff On January 21, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued its second Final Written Decision in a Covered Business Method (CBM) Proceeding under the America Invents Act. CBM Proceedings allow for the review of a business method patent on any ground of patentability, and fill a gap between Inter-Partes Review (IPR) … Continue reading PTAB Rejects Covered Business Method Claims