Internal Procedures Discussed
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) pre-issuance internal decision circulation and review last month. The PTAB also issued a new Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) on pre-issuance and post-issuance decision review, and updated and renumbered its SOP on handling remands from the Federal Circuit. This Thursday (11/16) the PTAB will host a Boardside Chat webinar from noon to 1 p.m. ET to discuss the NPRM and the SOP with PTAB’s Vice Chief Judge Melissa Haapala.
While this information offers increased transparency to interested members of the public on internal agency processes, it is not especially interesting from a practitioner perspective.
A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Questions may be sent in advance or during the webinar to PTABBoardsideChat@USPTO.gov. Register (here)