Indemnification “Significant and Meaningful Relationship”
Extending a trend started last spring, the PTAB is looking more closely at AIA trial petitions coming from separate parties. For parties seeking to pursue an AIA trial proceeding, this trend should give pause to those considering participation in Joint Defense Groups, or linked to another petitioner by business arrangement or indemnification obligation.
Last week, in PayPal Inc. v. Ioengine LLC, the Board explained that a customer/supplier relationship, together with indemnification obligation is enough to be considered a “same petitioner” in a General Plastic analysis. Continue Reading PTAB Focuses on Customer/Supplier Relationship in 314(a) Denial