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Archive for June 11th, 2014

PTAB Webinar Thursday 6/12

Posted On: Jun. 11, 2014   By: Scott A. McKeown
Webinar - Online e-Learning SeminarStrafford Legal PTAB Webinar

On June 12, Strafford Legal presents the webinar entitled:Leveraging Post Grant Proceedings Before the PTAB. I, along with my partner Greg Gardella, will explore the surging popularity of the PTAB and update registrants on the evolution of PTAB practices over the past 12 months (including a Q&A session). I look forward to participating in this interactive exchange.

Inexperienced Attorneys Tax PTAB Resources

Posted On: Jun. 11, 2014   By: Scott A. McKeown
Growth in PTAB Post-Grant Filings May Require Changes to Workflow

PTABThis time last year, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) had about 250 Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) petitions pending. Only half that number were in the trial phase.

One year later, the PTAB has received 1500 IPR and CBM petitions, roughly half of which are now in trial phase. The surge in filings over the past two months has been especially pronounced, averaging 150 petitions per month. This is the new normal.

The chart below is from June 6, 2014. (Click to Enlarge)

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As explained at the PTAB roadshow, the Trial Section of the PTAB consists of roughly 70 judges at present. (with plans to add another 52 by October). While the influx of judges will certainly help handle the growing workload, given the magnitude of trials that will soon be pending, the PTAB will need to adjust the daily workflow to maintain their 12 month trial mandate. Read the rest of this entry »