Posts in Patent Trial and Appeal Board


Legislation Introduced in House to Repeal the PTAB and the AIA

There are 13 sections to Massie’s bill, many of which are geared towards the abolition of various statutes of the AIA. Perhaps the most salient portion of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 day ago 7

Berkheimer, the Administrative Procedure Act, and PTO Motions to Vacate PTAB § 101 Decisions

After several years in which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) did not seem to have an official position on the issue, and many Patent …

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB’s Determination of CBM Patent After Appeal by Apple and Google

On Wednesday, July 11th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Apple v. ContentGuard Holdings vacating a decision by the Patent Trial …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

Bittersweet Milestone: Ten Million Patents Issued in the US, but What Are They Worth?

Last month, the U.S. Patent Office issued patent number 10,000,000. This historic occasion calls for rethinking our patent system and the future of American innovation... It is …
By Alex Poltorak
6 days ago 4

Still No Answer From PTAB on Apple Sanctions Request Against VoIP-Pal After Six Months

And yet, despite this apparent vindication of VoIP-Pal’s patents against the strongest of odds in an executive branch tribunal where APJ panels are stacked in the …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 11

Apple Brings Patent Battle Against Qualcomm to PTAB With Six IPR Petitions on Four Patents

If Qualcomm's allegations are true, Apple will apparently stop at nothing to avoid paying licensing fees for Qualcomm’s patented technologies. Qualcomm’s tortious interference suit against …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 2

Burden to Prove Patentability of Proposed Amended Claims Improperly Shifted to Patent Owner in IPR

The Federal Circuit found that substantial evidence supports the Board’s conclusion that a person of ordinary skill in the art would have been motivated to combine …

The Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, and the Patent Office Walk Out of an Appellate Review Bar: Changing Standards For Appellate Review of IPR Institution Decisions

This article reviews recent Federal Circuit and Supreme Court decisions addressing the scope of appellate review of institution of inter partes review (IPR) by the Patent Trial …

The Real IPR Gauntlet: What USPTO Statistics Don’t Show

87.2% of patents in the study, per the table, were subjected to just 1 or 2 IPR petitions – so gang tackling is no big deal. But make this simple observation: …
By Aaric Eisenstein
23 days ago 30

Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments on St. Regis Appeal of Tribal Sovereign Immunity

On Monday, June 4th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, a case appealed from …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 3

CAFC Vacates Board for Moving Target Rejections, Failure to Consider Reply Brief

The moving target rejections were largely due to the fact that the examiner's first clear explanation that she was relying on structural identity, and not inherency, appeared …

Federal Circuit: PTAB Improperly Relied on Unsupported Expert Opinion

Ericsson petitioned for inter partes review of the ’408 patent, and the PTAB upheld its validity. Without separately analyzing the challenged dependent claims, the PTAB held that claim 1 …

Patent Office asks Federal Circuit to Allow Board to Reconsider Eligibility Rejections

Yesterday I wrote about the United States Patent and Trademark Office filing a Director’s Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Remand in In re Intelligent Medical Objects, …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 10

USPTO asks Federal Circuit to Vacate, Remand 101 Case to Board in Light of Berkheimer

Yesterday the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filed a Director's Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Remand in In re Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. After the …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 8

Structural Bias at the PTAB: No Dissent Desired

This FOIA response confirms that dissents and concurring opinions are not desired by PTAB supervisors. In fact, Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) of the Patent Trial and Appeal …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 31

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