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 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  By concluding in a 5-4 decision that the agency … Continue reading SAS Institute Decision Causes Turmoil At The PTAB

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 by assigning these patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in return for a commitment … Continue reading Allergan’s Mohawk Gambit Fails at the PTAB

Estoppel Does Not Attach When Petitioner’s Grounds Are Denied As Redundant

By Reza Mollaaghababa Under 35 U.S.C. 315(e)(1), a petitioner in an inter partes review of a claim in a patent that has resulted in a final written decision by the Board may not request or maintain a proceeding before the Patent Office with respect to that claim on any ground that the petitioner raised or … Continue reading Estoppel Does Not Attach When Petitioner’s Grounds Are Denied As Redundant

New Final Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings Published by USPTO on April Fools Day

By Tom Engellenner The USPTO has gone ahead and finalized new rules for post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA) – despite heavy criticism that the rules do little to alter the lopsided nature of these proceedings. The new rules were published at 81 FR 18750 on April 1, 2016 and go into effect … Continue reading New Final Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings Published by USPTO on April Fools Day

Bass Continues Fishing; Pharma Seeks Sanctuary

By Tom Engellenner It’s time for an update on Kyle Bass’s efforts to rid America of the pharmaceutical patents that support high priced drugs.  Between February and September 2015, at least eleven investment funds organized by J. Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg (the Coalitions for Affordable Drugs Series I - XI) filed nearly three dozen … Continue reading Bass Continues Fishing; Pharma Seeks Sanctuary