Posts in Post Grant Procedures


Federal Circuit says non-profit EFF has standing in IPR appeal

In an IPR brought by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Personal Audio appealed a Board determination that invalidated its patent for storing and distributing episodic media files. Personal …

Where parties dispute proper scope of claims, Board must provide an explicit claim construction

The Board declined to provide a construction of “settling speed” and determined that the claims were not invalid as anticipated. Homeland appealed... When parties dispute the proper …

PPAC meeting comes and goes with no discussion of PTAB conflicts of interest

At the May PPAC meeting Ruschke deferred questions on issues relating to possible conflicts of interest and specifically indicated the topic of conflicts would be discussed at …
By Gene Quinn
11 days ago 5

Solutions for Inter Partes Review: Restoring patent rights and respect for the presumption of validity

In order to begin restoring patent rights and respect for the presumption of validity changes must be made to constrain the PTO post grant procedures... Patent holders …
By Neal Solomon
11 days ago 5

Federal Circuit invalidates another patent upheld at PTAB after IPR

The Federal Circuit issued a decision in Homeland Housewares, LLC v. Whirlpool Corporation, which ought to be completely unnerving to every owner of a U.S. patent …

The Problem of Inter-Partes Review (IPR)

IPRs introduced an asymmetric component which particularly burdens the patent holder by requiring a very expensive ten-fold higher cost to defend the patent in the PTAB relative …
By Neal Solomon
13 days ago 21

Judge Michel tells Congress it isn’t helpful to talk about quality, patents are either valid or invalid

“I think at the end of the day, patents are either valid or invalid as a legal instrument and therefore it’s not very helpful to talk …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 6

Lex Machina’s Q2 litigation update shows trends influenced by TC Heartland and Oil States

During the second quarter of 2017, a total of 1,138 patent cases were filed at the U.S. district court level, an increase of 18 percent when compared to first …
By Steve Brachmann
25 days ago 2

The Myth of Patent Quality

Patent quality is a proxy for attacking patent validity, which has a complex history. Patent critics, particularly market incumbents, obtain a free ride when the bar is …
By Neal Solomon
27 days ago 33

Thoughts From the Amtrak: Leaps of Faith and the U.S. Patent System

All too often I’m reminded that today’s American patent system is more droit du USPTO than it is the system for the innovative masses as …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 18

$17 million: The real and staggering cost to patent in the US in the PTAB age

At least $17 million. That is what my Bunch O Balloons patent has cost so far. It could grow to $50 million. Yes, we are talking about water balloons, …
By Josh Malone
1 month ago 35

Parties Agreement to Settle Issues Does Not Extinguish Board’s Ability to Determine Patentability

However, what if the Board refuses to terminate an IPR despite a joint request by both parties based on a settlement and proceeds to a final written …
By Hyunseok Park
1 month ago 16

A section-by-section look at the STRONGER Patents Act introduced in the Senate

In late June, the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2017 was introduced into the U.S. Senate …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 8

Issa seems to believe patents are an entitlement, not a property right

For the first 220 years of United States black letter law and precedent based directly on the U.S. Constitution, patents are property rights. Even the Republican Party …
By Paul Morinville
2 months ago 17

The PTAB Killing Fields: VirnetX patents worth more than $1 billion in district court lost at PTAB

So obviously the patent claims VirnetX has used to pursue infringers such as Apple and Microsoft are not the weak patents that opponents of the patent system …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 25