Posts Tagged: post grant proceedings


Prepare for More Estoppel if the Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit on Partial IPR Institutions

Partial institutions lessen the value of estoppel because the petitioner avoids estoppel on claims that were challenged but not instituted. The PTAB never issues a final written …
By Jason German & Wayne Stacy
3 days ago 1

Broad List of References by PTAB Not Adequate Notice of Specific Combinations of Prior Art

The Court warned that by holding that EmeraChem did not have adequate notice or opportunity to respond, it was not holding that the Board is constricted in …

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
6 days ago 9

Sovereign Immunity of Patents: While a Strong Benefit to Patent Owners, These Patents Remain Subject to Traditional Challenges

The United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently dismissed another inter partes review (“IPR”) based on an assertion of 11th Amendment sovereign immunity.  This decision …

IPR Settlements: A pyrrhic victory for patent practitioners, a loss for patent owners

Howard further explained, however, that it is a mistake to think that characterizing IPR settlements as a "win" is the only way to look at it... In …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
10 days ago 9

Federal Circuit Affirms CBM Unpatentability Holding; Finding Estoppel Did Not Apply

In Credit Acceptance Corp. v. Westlake Servs. the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in a Covered Business Method (“CBM”) …

Capitulation Settlements in IPR are No Win for Patent Owners

Unified Patents challenges patents by filing inter partes review proceedings. They tout on their website that they are "the only entity that challenges bad patents and never …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 40

Are more than 90 percent of patents challenged at the PTAB defective?

At least 84 percent of patents reaching a final written decision in a PTAB validity challenge are adjudicated to have at least one invalid claim (usually many more …

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
27 days ago 11

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 …

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
1 month ago 38

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
2 months ago 37

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
2 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
2 months ago 11

Fundamental incongruities of PTAB operations affect the integrity of the patent system

For more than two centuries, the U.S. Constitution, black letter law and precedent construed a patent as a property right. This is important because it is …