Posts Tagged: Arthrex v. Smith and Nephew


PPAC Announcements: Hirshfeld Doubles Down on Director Review Authority; Commerce Department to File for Registration of USPTO Trademarks; Committee Requests Release of $64 Million in User Fees

During the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting held today, participants provided an update on the Director Review process under the Supreme Court’s Arthrex v. …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 9

USPTO Implementation of Arthrex: Questions from Administrative Law, Part I—Dismissal and Subregulatory Rulemaking

In United States v. Arthrex, No. 19-1434, 141 S.Ct. 1970 (Jun. 21, 2021), Chief Justice Roberts cured an Appointments Clause defect in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’…
By M. David Hoyle
2 months ago 36

Hirshfeld Says He May Move Forward on Important Items If Biden Appointee Takes Too Long

IPWatchdog and LexisNexis held a “Conversation with the Commissioner of the USPTO” today, in which Drew Hirshfeld, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 3

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

In Arthrex Ruling, SCOTUS Says Director Review of Decisions, Not Power to Remove APJs, is What Matters

The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, taking a different approach to curing the statute than did the U.S. Court of …
By Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 5

Newman Dissents from CAFC’s Refusal to Address Forum Selection Question in New Vision Gaming’s Arthrex Remand

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) Judge Pauline Newman dissented in part from a decision authored by CAFC Judge Moore yesterday, explaining that, …
By Eileen McDermott
4 months ago 4

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

Getting Ready for Arthrex: What the Amici Are Saying

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear, on March 1, 2021, whether administrative patent judges (APJs) of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.…

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 …

What SCOTUS’ Decision to Scrutinize Social Security Act Appointments Clause Case Means for Arthrex

Last week, an order list issued by the U.S. Supreme Court indicated that the nation’s highest court had granted a pair of petitions for writ …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 2

Patent Stakeholders Weigh in on High Court Decision to Hear Arthrex

The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in three cases involving Arthrex, Inc. focusing on the question of whether the administrative patent judges (APJs) of the …
By Eileen McDermott
11 months ago 11

Arthrex Update: New Amicus Briefs and USPTO Petition

Activity surrounding the requests for the Supreme Court’s review of the holdings in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew I and Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew II continues to …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 year ago 2

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