Posts in Post Grant Procedures


Patent Owners Faring Better in PTAB Proceedings

A new study of proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) shows that, despite the initial reputation of Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings being that …
By Gene Quinn
6 hours ago 6

The PTAB lacks authority to decide the applicability of tribal sovereign immunity

Native American tribes possess and exercise inherent sovereign immunity. It is also undisputable that such power may be abrogated, limited or qualified only by the express and …
By Terry Fokas
1 day ago 14

Amicus Brief Advocating Against Tribal Sovereign Immunity Filed in PTAB Proceedings

The motion of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (“the Tribe”) is based on the misplaced theory that Tribal Sovereign Immunity is applicable to administrative proceedings before the …

Laurence Tribe, Erwin Chemerinsky say PTAB should recognize Tribal Sovereign Immunity

Tribal sovereignty is not a “sham” or a “contrivance,” even when it produces results Petitioners do not like. There is no dispute that the St. Regis Mohawk …
By Derek Gilliland
4 days ago 24

Manufacturing Firms and Organizations File Briefs in Oil States

Doubtless there are some manufacturing firms, such as Telebrands, who are great endorsers of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 10

Has the Patent System failed US tech companies?

Patent Monetization is a wake. The Patent System failed US tech companies. Licensing is dead. Patent values are zero – perhaps even negative.... The Silicon Valley elites have …
By John White
8 days ago 13

USPTO Recognizes Federal Circuit’s Aqua Products Decision, Issues Memo on Motions to Amend in IPRs

On November 21, 2017, the USPTO’s Chief Administrative Patent Judge David P. Ruschke issued a memorandum to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) providing guidance on motions …
By John M. Rogitz
8 days ago 5

USPTO Director Nominee Andrei Iancu has Confirmation Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 29th, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to consider the nomination of four political appointees from …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 10

The Patent Bargain and the Fiction of Administrative ‘Error Correction’ in Inter Partes Reviews

In justifying the constitutionality of the inter partes review (“IPR”) statute enacted by the America Invents Act (“AIA”), a common refrain persistently asserted is that patent rights …

Predicting SAS Institute v. Matal after SCOTUS Oral Arguments

My thoughts continue to be that the statute is very simple and mandates the PTAB to issue a final written decision on all claims challenged. This seemed …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 0

PTAB Chief Ruschke says Expanded Panel Decisions are Conducted in Secret

Ruschke noted that his authority to expand the panels for PTAB trials doesn’t require him to notify the parties in the trial that the decision to …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 5

Predicting Oil States after Supreme Court Oral Arguments

After oral arguments were held on Monday, November 27, 2017, I again asked a number of industry insiders what thoughts and predictions they now have after having the benefit …
By Gene Quinn
13 days ago 34

Open Letter from Conservatives: What’s at stake in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group

If wrongly decided, Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group may be the next Kelo v. City of New London decision. At bottom, the case …

PTAB Chief Judge Ruschke Must be Beyond Reproach

I was dismayed recently when I received my invitation from Unified Patents to their conference where the keynote speaker was David Ruschke, Chief Judge for the Patent …
By Aaric Eisenstein
14 days ago 9

Inventors Protest PTAB on Supreme Court Steps

Yesterday, a group of dedicated inventors took to the steps of the United States Supreme Court in order to protest the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 2