Iancu Memorandum Withstands Appellate Scrutiny
Last summer, a guidance memo was issued to the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) on the use of Applicant Admitted Prior Art (AAPA) in IPR proceedings. The memo (here) concluded that an inter partes review (IPR) must be based on a prior art patent or printed publication, and that admissions regarding prior art in the challenged patent cannot serve as the basis for instituting an IPR. But, the memo explained that such statements, may provide evidence of the general knowledge possessed by a person of ordinary skill in the art, and may be used to support an obviousness argument in conjunction with one or more prior art patents or printed publications.
So, AAPA can still be leveraged, just not as an actual prior art reference of a trial ground. Yesterday, the CAFC considered the subject of this memo and agreed with agency’s view.
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