Chief to Discuss Current PTAB Developments

The USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) is holding a “Chat with the Chief” webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. ET.  The free webinar will explore recent developments in PTAB practice.  Chief Judge David Ruschke will discuss recent agency guidance such as Aqua Product

AIPLA Webinar Today 12:30-2PM (EST)

For those needing those pesky CLE ethics credits before year end, consider today’s AIPLA webinar Ethics Issues in PTAB Proceedings. (register here)  – 1.5 Ethics credits are offered.

Course Description: AIA trial proceedings present heightened risks for practitioners unaccustomed to participating in a live, patent prosecution history. Unlike

The Tension Between Judicial Independence & Agency Consistency

As I have pointed out previously, the Board struggles to issue precedential decisions. This is because the Board (now approaching 300 judges) must reach a “sufficient majority” consensus on an issue before designating it precedential. As a practical matter, this outdated process excludes all but the most straight forward questions of law from receiving enough “yes” votes to be designated precedential.

To be sure, such disparity in opinion across a large number of judges is not surprising on close questions of law. Reasonable minds differ. Which is why it is somewhat surprising that 98% of PTAB merit-based decisions are unanimous.
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Best Practices for Presenting Prior Art

Join the PTAB for the final Boardside Chat webinar of 2017 today, Dec. 7 from noon-1 p.m. ET. The chat will discuss “Best Practices for Presenting Prior Art References and Proving a Document is a Printed Publication.”

PTAB Judges Lora Green and Brian McNamara will present and

Functional Claiming & PTAB Ethics in December

For those seeking some CLE before the holiday break, there are some interesting webinars on the immediate horizon.

Today, on the IPO Chat Channel, Functional Claiming After Mastermine Software v. Microsoft.  Functional claiming and definiteness standards will be analyzed in view of recent Federal Circuit decisions. (register

High Court Poised to Endorse PTAB & Partial Institution Practices

While I will discuss my more detailed impressions during tomorrow’s webinar, a few quick thoughts.

Oil States

-Article III review of the PTAB, and more particularly de novo review of legal issues, was key to a majority of Justices.

-Trying to distinguish reexamination and

Special PatentsPostGrant.com Webinar Tuesday 11/28

Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in both the Oil States and SAS Institute appeals. Both cases have the potential to have a significant impact on proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and, potentially, the entire U.S. patent system.  (Follow me on Twitter @PatentPostGrant for

Long Delayed Fee Increase Hits January 16th

Section 10 of the Leahy‐Smith America Invents Act (AIA) authorizes the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to, in part, “set or adjust by rule any fee established, authorized, or charged” under Title 35 of the United States Code. At the close of 2016, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) issued requesting comments from the public on proposed fee increases for post-grant patent proceedings, including AIA trials. A Final Rule Notice issued today setting significant increases to take effect on January 16th 2018 for AIA Trial Proceedings.
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