Posts Tagged: Administrative Patent Judges


USPTO Implementation of Arthrex: Questions from Administrative Law, Part II—the Bigger Picture for Reform

In Part I, we looked at two of the legal principles that govern Arthrex Director review: Director review must be implemented by notice-and-comment “regulation,” not website, and …
By M. David Hoyle
2 months ago 10

Arthrex Aftermath: How the Landmark Supreme Court Decision Drives the PTAB’s Future

A working definition of inertia is the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. …
By Scott McBride & Alex Vogler
3 months ago 18

Industry Reacts to the Supreme Court’s Arthrex Ruling: Chaos Averted – or Just Delayed?

The Supreme Court issued a split 5-4 decision earlier today, in which a plurality of the Court agreed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 20

The PTAB’s Concerning Conflict of Interest is Laid Bare in New Vision Gaming

Buffalo is a small Texas town of less than 2,000 people. On the way into town, school zone signs flank both sides of a speed limit sign. I …
By Paul Morinville
6 months ago 13

Amici and Practitioners Attempt to Read the Arthrex Tea Leaves

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most closely-watched patent case of the term, United States / Smith & Nephew v. Arthrex. IPWatchdog reached out to some …
By IPWatchdog
7 months ago 11

SCOTUS Dubs PTAB/APJ Structure a ‘Rare Bird’, Pushes for Workable Remedies in Arthrex Oral Arguments

The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments in United States/ Smith & Nephew v. Arthrex, in which the Court will decide whether the administrative …
By Eileen McDermott
7 months ago 14

Amicus eComp Consultants Urges Supreme Court to Deem PTAB APJs ‘Inferior’ Officers in Arthrex

On December 2, eComp Consultants (eComp) filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to find Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) of the Patent Trial and Appeal …

US Inventor Amicus in New Vision Gaming: ‘October Effect,’ Subjective APJ Evaluations Support Due Process Argument Against PTAB

On August 3, inventor advocacy group US Inventor filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in support of a due …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3

A Note to SCOTUS on Arthrex, Judicial Independence, Ethics and Expanded Panels at the PTAB

In Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, of our Constitution, the founders were relatively specific. The founders give Congress power to secure “the exclusive Right" to “Authors and Inventors” in …
By Paul Hayes & Gene Quinn
1 year ago 14

A Guide to Arthrex: Activity Heats Up in Petitions Pending with Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is currently considering several pleas to review the holding in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew I and Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew II in the form …
By IPWatchdog
1 year ago 0

Federal Circuit Will Not Reconsider Arthrex Appointment Clause Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied rehearing en banc in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, a decision that made the Patent Trial …

Arthrex Update: With Responses Due Next Week, Amici Urge Federal Circuit to Grant Rehearing

In December, petitions for rehearing were filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by each party involved in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

No Justice for Small Company Innovators: Make Your Voice Heard on the America Invents Act, IPRs, and the CAFC’s Rule 36

My company, Chestnut Hill Sound Inc. (ChillSound), has been victimized by a U.S. patent system that for nearly a decade has been in a sorry state. …
By Robert Friedman
2 years ago 4

One Way or Another, Arthrex Promises to Put the PTAB on Trial

For weeks now I have been asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to confirm how many Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) are currently employed by …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 22

It Matters: A Former Administrative Patent Judge’s Take on Arthrex

As most of us know by now, in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., entered on Halloween 2019, a panel of the Federal Circuit held that the administrative …
By Richard Torczon
2 years ago 20