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PTAB Updates on Post Grant Filings & Decreasing Backlog

Posted By Scott A. McKeown On 7 February 2013 @ 7:30 In Inter Partes Review, Patent Trial & Appeal Board, Reissue | Comments Disabled

USPTO [1]USPTO Post Grant & PTAB Updates

In recent weeks the USPTO has issued updates on various aspects of post grant patent practice and PTAB performance. The PTAB reports that their significant backlog [2] has not only stopped growing, but will soon begin shrinking thanks to the increased hiring of administrativeĀ patent judges (APJs). With a typical ex parte applicationĀ appeal pending 2-3 years in many cases, this is welcome news for appellants. (presentation here [3])

On the post grant side, an update was provided on patent reissue practice. The presentation mostly recapped recent case law developments [4] and changes to oath practice [5]. (presentation here [6])

An update was also provided from the PTAB Trial Section on the patentability trials of the America Invents Act (AIA).The PTAB reports that upward of 70% of Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) filings are in the electrical/software arts. This is not surprising considering these proceedings are emerging as the preferred antidote to the patent troll problem [7]. Other highlights include insight into the PTAB’s preferred claim construction and petition practices. (presentation here [8])

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[1] Image: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/USPTO.jpg

[2] significant backlog: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/2012/05/bpai-considers-expanding-per-curiam-decision-practice

[3] here: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PTAB2.pdf

[4] recent case law developments: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/category/reissue

[5] changes to oath practice: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/2012/01/patent-reissue-oath-practice-revised-by-uspto

[6] here: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/resissueUSPTO.pdf

[7] preferred antidote to the patent troll problem: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/2013/01/is-the-patent-troll-game-ending-in-texas

[8] here: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PTAB1.pdf

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