Posts Tagged: Patent Trial and Appeal Board


Patent Owner Sues Former USPTO Officials for ‘Improperly Stacking the Deck’ Against Him

A patent owner has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee against former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (…
By Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 8

MicroSurgical Decision Reiterates PTAB’s ‘Wide Net’ Approach to Transition Applications Under the AIA

March 16, 2013 marked a watershed date in the practice of patent law as the effective date of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Per Section 3 of the AIA, …
By Katie Merriman
3 months ago 1

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
3 months ago 9

Patent Filings Roundup: Mystery NPEs File New Suits on Old IV Assets; PTAB Discretionarily Denies 14; Causam Enterprises Launches Major Campaign

In a relatively subdued week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) saw 35 challenges and the district courts 53 new patent filings. Those challenges included a …
By Jonathan Stroud
3 months ago 0

Federal Circuit: PTAB Failed to Provide Adequate Notice of Sua Sponte Claim Construction

In a precedential opinion authored by chief Judge Moore, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today vacated and remanded six Patent Trial and …
By Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 2

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
3 months ago 10

CAFC Reverses PTAB Obviousness Finding, Clarifying Concepts of ‘Teaching Away’ and ‘Commercial Success’

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) yesterday concluded that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) decision finding certain claims …
By La'Cee Conley
3 months ago 14

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
3 months ago 36

Patent Filings Roundup: Equitable IP Subsidiary Goes on Retail Shopping Spree; Fintiv ITC Denial Hits Roku Hard

District court patent filings rebounded a bit with 80 this week, buoyed by a new financial services campaign, Peregrin Licensing LLC, from an older publicly traded non-practicing entity (…
By Jonathan Stroud
3 months ago 1

Are 5% of All U.S. Issued Patents Presumed to Be Unenforceable Under Laches Due to Their Priority Claims?

Laches is an equitable defense that may be raised in a patent-related proceeding. If a defending party can show that a patent holder exhibited unreasonable delay that …
By Kate Gaudry
3 months ago 7

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
3 months ago 3

Patent Filings Roundup: NPE Targets Cracker Barrel, Realtors; VMWare/Cirba Dispute Heads to Board; Car Jumpstarter Patent Challenged; Funded Semiconductor Litigation Patents Instituted

After last week’s spike in complaints, things returned to steady-state this week, with plaintiffs filing 58 complaints and patent challengers filings 26 petitions (one post grant review [PGR] …
By Jonathan Stroud
3 months ago 2

Patent Filings Roundup: Second Mystery Entity Challenges $2.2 Billion VLSI/Fortress Patents; IP Edge Files Almost 50 New Complaints; NPE K.Mizra Targets ISPs

It was a busy week for patent filings in the district courts, with 113 complaints filed, fueled particularly by nearly 50 (!) IP Edge complaints, primarily filed in the Western …
By Jonathan Stroud
4 months ago 18

Do You Really Want to Make PTAB Judges ‘Inferior Officers’? —Think Again!

In a recent Supreme Court decision in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, the Court held that the unreviewable authority wielded by Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) at the Patent …
By Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
4 months ago 32

USPTO Provides Guidance on Director Review Process Under Arthrex

This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would be implementing an interim rule at the agency in response to the U.S. …