At this week’s AIPLA Spring Meeting, Chief Judge Smith of the Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences (BPAI) provided an update on the Board’s staffing and productivity initiatives. As shown in his slides (here), the backlog of appeals continues to grow toward 30,000 cases.
As a result of the backlog, and the new trial mechanisms of the America Invents Act, the Board has increased hiring. Since hiring alone will not be enough to keep up with the workload, the Board is also contemplating expansion of the per curiam decision practice. Read the rest of this entry »