Posts Tagged: Patent Trial and Appeal Board


PTAB Procedural Reforms are Necessary to Restore Balance and Due Process

Under the current PTAB system, irreparable harm is occurring to patent holders. Conversely, virtually no harm will be done to petitioners by putting on the brakes. Charging …

SCOTUS to hear SAS Institute v. Lee, could impact estoppel effect of IPR proceedings

The nation’s highest court will once again address issues surrounding the controversial Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (…

America’s patent system favors low tech, not groundbreaking innovation

As you read about the truly mind-numbing stupidity coming from decision makers, whether it is MRI machines declared to be abstract ideas or diagnostics for various forms …
By Gene Quinn
9 days ago 7

Federal Circuit holds that due process is not violated when PTAB employs ‘surprise’ claim construction

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential decision in Intellectual Ventures II, LLC v. Ericsson, Inc. (2016-1739, 2016-1740, 2016-1741) directed to …
By John M. Rogitz
14 days ago 3

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
14 days ago 12

Federal Circuit demonstrates that even when you win at IPR you can still lose

In a rare IPR affirming patentability, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) found claims of US Patent No. 6,945,013 to be patentable that were directed to …
By John M. Rogitz
15 days ago 1

En Banc Federal Circuit Dodges PTAB Constitutionality

Patlex, which dealt with reexamination of applications by an examiner — not by an Article I tribunal — could be considered a next step beyond McCormick. MCM, however, simply …
By Gene Quinn
16 days ago 38

I Dissent: The Federal Circuit’s ‘Great Dissenter,’ Her Influence on the Patent Dialogue, and Why It Matters

Today, Judge Newman is the Federal Circuit’s most prolific dissenter, and her dissents are important. Former Chief Judge Paul Michel noted that “Judge Newman may hold …
By Professor Daryl Lim
19 days ago 11

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
20 days ago 0

America’s Patent System: Mediocre and stabilized in a terrible space

“The results from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board reflect the procedures it applies, and in my judgment the procedures are wildly off base,” Judge Michel explained... “…
By Gene Quinn
21 days ago 37

PTAB chief judge Ruschke discusses ex parte appeals, PGR reform and more with PPAC

Ruschke's claim that only PTAB judges familiar with the technology involved are assigned in ex parte appeals seems false based on what we know has happened in …

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 …

Ex Parte Appeal Oral Hearings: Making Your Case Right Before Decision Time

This data set shows that Oral Hearings are rarely conducted. (See Figure 1.) Across the 72,443 appeals, only 459 (0.63%) appeals had an Oral Hearing... As shown in Figure 4, Oral Hearings …
By Kate Gaudry & Sameer Vadera
25 days ago 1

USPTO diverting fees internally to subsidize PTAB trials

In prepared remarks Director Lee said the Office must significantly raise Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) fees in order for the PTAB to be self-sustaining on …
By Gene Quinn
26 days ago 50

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
26 days ago 21