Posts Tagged: Tribal sovereign immunity

Mohawk Tribe Ready to Battle over Ex Parte Communications between PTAB Judges

Attorneys for the Mohawk tribe have notified the USPTO that ex parte communications between an APJ assigned to the IPRs and an APJ not assigned to the …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 100

Law Professor Notes PTAB’s Decision on Sovereign Immunity Goes Well Beyond the Constitution

As Sherkow’s Twitter critique notes, however, this hesitation to extend sovereign immunity to tribes in proceedings at the PTAB without precedent for doing so presumes that …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 8

PTAB Denies St. Regis Mohawk Assertion of Sovereign Immunity

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the Motion to Dismiss filed by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 23

PTAB Chief Attempts to Explain Expanded Panel Decisions, Sovereign Immunity at PPAC

Given the PTAB's ability to make decisions precedential, Ruschke's argument about how important and meaningful it is to have expanded panels to ensure uniformity misses the mark. …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 9

Why did two APJs issue an identical concurring opinion in separate cases?

Notice what APJ Harlow wrote relating to IPR2017-01068 is word for word identical to what APJ Bisk wrote relating to IPR2017-01186. Indeed, the entirety of …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 8

St. Regis Tribe requests oral hearing, seeks discovery on political pressure at PTAB

The St. Regis tribe is seeking discovery on due process concerns posed by the potential of political or third-party pressure asserted to “reach an outcome inconsistent with …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 11

The Top Trends in Patent Law for 2017

As we mark the close of yet another year, we’re provided with a perfect opportunity to look back on the previous twelve months and see what …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter of 2017 in order move fresh into …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 13

PTAB: State Waives Eleventh Amendment Immunity by Filing Patent Infringement Lawsuit

An expanded panel of the PTAB, in a majority opinion authored by Chief Judge David Ruschke, agreed with the University of Minnesota that an IPR proceeding is …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 32

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
3 months ago 32

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
3 months ago 24