Settlement Stats Show Trolls Fleeing PTAB Patent Challenges

Early Statistics Show NPEs Seeking Escape Hatch from PTAB The Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) has the power to terminate an Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR), or Transitional Proceeding for Covered Business Method Patents (CBM) upon request of the parties. This discretionary...

PTAB Begins Front Loading IPR & CBM Schedules

PTAB Begins Front Loading IPR & CBM Schedules The new patent challenge proceedings of the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) are instantly distinguishable from the previous examiner-based, patent reexamination—perhaps most notably in speed. That is, an Inter Partes Review...

Will PTAB Decisions In Interferences Declared After September 15, 2012 Be Reviewable In Court?

The America Invents Act preserves court review under both 35 USC 141 and 35 USC 146 of decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in interferences decided before September 15, 2012 and in interferences pending on September 15, 2012. However, the AIA...

Post-Grant Proofing Your Patent Portfolio

PTAB Review Proceedings Force Change to Age Old Patent Prosecution Paradigm As Bob Dylan once warned, you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone….the times they are a changin. ‘ While Bob clearly had some broader ranging social issues on his mind when he penned...

2014 Update on PTAB Trial Statistics

Statistics Demonstrate Staggering Demand for PTAB Patent Challenge Proceedings Last week, the USPTO issued the official tallies/progress statistics for Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR) and the Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings. As of January 9, 2014 the Patent Trial &...

Amendment Missteps Before the PTAB

Patentees Fail to Adjust to Motion Practice As final written decisions in Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings begin to issue from the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), it is clear that patentees have yet to master the process of amending their...

PTAB Requests Feedback to Optimize AIA Post-Grant Patent Challenges

Federal Register Notice to Issue Today As promised , even a bit early, the USPTO will issue a Request for Information in today’s Federal Register. The Notice, entitled, Request for Comments on Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board , will pose...

First 24 Months of IPR Brings More Filings Than Entire History of Inter Partes Patent Reexamination

Filing Rate to Strain PTAB Bandwidth? In the entire 13 year history of inter partes patent reexamination, 1919 such reexamination requests were filed. Granted, only patents that stemmed from post 11/29/99 patent applications were eligible. But still, even in 2012 (the high water mark for such filings...

New Representative Order on PTAB Amendment Practice

Representative Order Suggests Evolving Motion to Amend Practice Since the passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) has successfully fulfilled its charge as a speedy, cost effective alternative to patent litigation. But, that is not to say that the road has...