Posts Tagged: Patent Trial and Appeal Board


The PTAB: Number One Enemy of Inventors

When we apply for a patent, we are sharing our secret, our discovery, with the world. In exchange for sharing our secret we are promised 20 years of …
By Josh Malone
6 months ago 45

Report shows drug patents fare better in IPR proceedings at PTAB

While the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has not been friendly to patent owners, to put it mildly, the PTAB has not been inhospitable to pharma …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 36

$17 million: The real and staggering cost to patent in the US in the PTAB age

At least $17 million. That is what my Bunch O Balloons patent has cost so far. It could grow to $50 million. Yes, we are talking about water balloons, …
By Josh Malone
6 months ago 35

PTAB’s Claim Construction Regarding Means-Plus-Function Limitation Was Erroneous

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Board’s finding of obviousness of certain challenged claims based on a means-plus-function limitation, affirmed the Board’s finding of …

Federal Circuit vacates PTAB final written decision that upheld some Intellectual Ventures patent claims

The Federal Circuit decision proves that there really is no end to the nightmare that patent owners face in trying to uphold the validity of their property …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 15

Parties Agreement to Settle Issues Does Not Extinguish Board’s Ability to Determine Patentability

However, what if the Board refuses to terminate an IPR despite a joint request by both parties based on a settlement and proceeds to a final written …
By Hyunseok Park
7 months ago 16

A section-by-section look at the STRONGER Patents Act introduced in the Senate

In late June, the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2017 was introduced into the U.S. Senate …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 8

President Trump must pick a PTO Director who believes patents are private property rights

The Supreme Court has long stated patents are property rights, and the statute says they are to be treated as they are property rights. Taking property rights …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 5

The PTAB Killing Fields: VirnetX patents worth more than $1 billion in district court lost at PTAB

So obviously the patent claims VirnetX has used to pursue infringers such as Apple and Microsoft are not the weak patents that opponents of the patent system …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
7 months ago 25

Prepare for More Estoppel if the Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit on Partial IPR Institutions

Partial institutions lessen the value of estoppel because the petitioner avoids estoppel on claims that were challenged but not instituted. The PTAB never issues a final written …
By Jason German & Wayne Stacy
7 months ago 1

CAFC Affirms Board’s Claim Construction and Holds Waterproofing Patent Invalid

Outdry appealed from a Board determination that its patent directed to waterproofing leather was invalid as obvious in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding. Outdry challenged the …

Broad List of References by PTAB Not Adequate Notice of Specific Combinations of Prior Art

The Court warned that by holding that EmeraChem did not have adequate notice or opportunity to respond, it was not holding that the Board is constricted in …

Lex Machina PTAB report highlights top petitioners, patent owners and law firms appearing in cases

Some of the reports most interesting findings involve which entities are most active at the PTAB as well as the law firms representing parties most frequently during …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

Apple, APJ Clements and final written decisions: a lethal cocktail for patents

When just looking at the subset of final written decisions resulting from Apple petitions where APJ Clements was on the panel, 24 final written decisions deem all claims …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 9

Sovereign Immunity of Patents: While a Strong Benefit to Patent Owners, These Patents Remain Subject to Traditional Challenges

The United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently dismissed another inter partes review (“IPR”) based on an assertion of 11th Amendment sovereign immunity.  This decision …