Posts in USPTO


A Look Back at the Legislative Origin of IPRs

Those now familiar with IPR proceedings will already have recognized how little resemblance current IPR proceedings have to what most supporters of the AIA envisioned upon its …
By Phil Johnson
11 hours ago 7

Judge Paul Michel presents supplemental testimony on PTAB reforms to the House IP subcommittee

To fix the current incarnation of the U.S. patent system and reinvigorate the American economy, Judge Michel called upon the House IP subcommittee to adopt seven …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 19

Allergan’s patent transaction with St. Regis Mohawks could presage more arbitrage patent transactions

News of the St. Regis patent transaction has sparked interest in others pursuing similar arbitrage arrangements that provide revenue streams to Native American tribes outside of gambling …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 1

Raid on Gibraltar: How the U.S. Patent System was Rigged Against Independent Inventors

The numbers are stark. As recently as 1990, individual inventors were granted 17 percent of all patents. By 2000, they received 12 percent and only 6.8 percent in 2010. In 2015, individual inventors were …
By Pat Choate & Joan Maginnis
4 days ago 19

Federal Circuit Upholds the Board’s Invalidation of Southwire Patent

The Court found that the Board did not provide an adequate explanation for finding that the “30%” limitation was inherent in the reference, as a predicate for its …

Five Years after the AIA Created the PTAB

I want to believe Congress ultimately sought to strengthen the U.S. patent system with the AIA by providing a mechanism to more easily remove a small …
By Russell Slifer
5 days ago 13

The PTAB’s dramatic effect on patent value and corresponding disincentives to capital allocation

Whether one celebrates or decries the PTAB, there can be little doubt that it has worked a profound effect on the value of American patents—and, concomitantly, …
By Ashley Keller
6 days ago 28

The failed PTAB experiment has been a colossal mistake

The five year experiment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is a colossal mistake. It is a failure to inventors, startups, early stage investors, job …
By Paul Morinville
6 days ago 16

USPTO Update from John Cabeca, Silicon Valley Director

One area the Office is reviewing is in the area of Examiner Time Analysis. The Office hasn’t changed the classification of applications (i.e., complex versus …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 5

The Increasingly Powerful PTAB: Underutilized Precedential Designations Undermines Efficiency and Consistency

The PTO has increased the number of Board decisions as being precedential (so as to serve as a binding authority) by 36% within the last two years. With …

Crossing the Chasm: Avoiding and Surviving the PTAB

In 2012, the American Invents Act established three new administrative procedures: post grant review (PGR), inter-partes review (IPR), and covered business method patent (CBM) review. In each of …

How the New USPTO Director Can Impact Patent Subject Matter Eligibility and Post-Patent Grant Challenge Proceedings

As the challenge proceedings and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board mark their fifth anniversary, we should reflect on whether they have achieved their intended purpose. About …
By Manny Schecter
8 days ago 3

Patent owners negatively impacted by PTAB file amicus brief with SCOTUS in support of Oil States

A few dozen amici briefs have been filed in the case, including one filed on August 30th by 39 patent owners affected by PTAB activities in support of …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 3

Mylan calls Allergan’s patent deal with Indian tribe a “sham” transaction in PTAB hearing on sovereign immunity defense

The tribe is raising a sovereign immunity defense in the case as the tribe is a sovereign entity which is not amenable to a suit unless it …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 12

A Review at Five Years of Inter Partes Review

Post grant procedures can be an effective and efficient way of promoting patent quality by invalidating weak, inappropriately granted patents. What we need now is thoughtful review …
By Robert Stoll
9 days ago 18