combines an entrepreneur’s creativity with an attorney’s problem-solving skills to help clients form, protect, and utilize their intellectual property assets. As a registered patent attorney, Apurv focuses his practice on patent procurement, prosecution, post grant proceedings, and litigation. He leverages his technical backgrounds in both electrical engineering and molecular and cell biology to practice in a broad spectrum of technologies, including wireless communications, medical imaging and devices, electrical and electronic devices, financial technology, smart wireless connectivity, computer hardware and software, bio sensors, renewable energy generators, and energy efficient appliances.
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On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) designated three decisions as precedential. Two of the three decisions—K40 Electronics LLC v. Escort Inc. (“K40 Electronics”),[AIA, live testimony at oral argument] and DePuy Synthes Products Inc. v. Medidea LLC (“DePuy Synthes Prods”) [AIA, live testimony at oral argument]—explained the limited circumstances in which live testimony may be allowed during PTAB proceedings. The third decision, Amazon.com Inc. v. Uniloc Luxembourg SA (“Amazon.com”) [AIA § 316(d), grounds that can be raised against substitute claims], affirmed that the PTAB has the authority to consider whether substitute claims are patentable on more grounds than just novelty and non-obviousness. The recent designations not only provide guidance to prospective litigants in PTAB proceedings, but develop the scope of PTAB litigation as a viable alternative to district court litigation.