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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 … Continue reading

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First AIA Derivation Trial Instituted by PTAB

By Aparna Nemlekar On March 21, 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) instituted the first AIA derivation proceeding to determine whether patent claims to a window frame component should be canceled because they were derived from others not … Continue reading

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Allergan’s Mohawk Gambit Fails at the PTAB

By Tom Engellenner The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has not taken kindly to a move by the Irish drug company Allergan to shield its key patents on its dry-eye drug Restasis from challenge at the U.S. Patent Office … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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IPR Estoppel Provisions May Not Be That Scary After All

By Yue (Joy) Wang IPR petitioners wary of the statutory estoppel under 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(2) may have reason to be cautiously optimistic.   Judge Sue Robinson of the Federal District Court of Delaware recently held that Toshiba is not estopped … Continue reading

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