The PTAB has now issued several decisions instituting trials. The initial decisions suggest that post-grant practitioners may in many instances receive a final written decision in about a year from petition filing (rather than about 18 months as initially projected) and that the PTAB decisions instituting trials will provide useful findings regarding claim construction roughly 4-5 months from the time of petition filing.
For instance, the PTAB granted the IPR petition filed by Garmin in early January and has the oral hearing set for August 16th. That should yield a final written decision in 12-13 months from the filing date of the petition. In that case the patent owner waived its right to file a preliminary response but waited almost the full three months before it did so. If the patent owner had promptly filed a waiver of the preliminary response that would have sped up the entire process by about three months.
This suggests that the PTAB intends to remain true to its stated intention of moving these patentability trials along at a brisk pace (even faster than that required by the controlling statute, 12-18 months from institution). The PTAB is well aware that Read the rest of this entry »