Posts Tagged: judicial ethics


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
3 months ago 5

Apple, APJ Clements and final written decisions: a lethal cocktail for patents

When just looking at the subset of final written decisions resulting from Apple petitions where APJ Clements was on the panel, 24 final written decisions deem all claims …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 9

USPTO response to FOIA confirms there are no Rules of Judicial Conduct for PTAB Judges

The website link provided by the USPTO contains no rules of judicial conduct or codes of judicial conduct, which means that the USPTO has indirectly confirmed that …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 11

FOIA Request made of USPTO seeking information on rules of judicial conduct for PTAB judges

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (see bottom) to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). My FOIA request seeks …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 12

Lex Machina’s online tools can help patent owners spot conflicts of interest at PTAB

Any patent owner facing validity challenges at PTAB who wants to do their own research into any potential conflicts of interest involving their panel of APJs should …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

More conflicts of interest surface with second PTAB judge

The blindfold appearing in the common depiction of Lady Justice is there for a reason. According to Wikipedia, Lady Justice has been depicted with a blindfold since …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 20

Is the ethical bar for practitioners higher than it is for PTAB judges?

Had APJ Clements not been a member of the PTAB and one of the patent owners – let’s say Smartflash for example – had come to him and …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 21

If PTAB judges can decide cases involving former defense clients USPTO conflict rules must change

If an APJ making decisions in a case within 18 months of having represented a former client complies with whatever USPTO conflict rules or guidelines apply to PTAB …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 11

On the Record Interview with Chief Judge Paul Michel, Part 1

After 1 hour and 40 minutes I had hardly covered one-third of my questions, and I think you will see that we had a very lively discussion about many …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 4