Change in Claim Construction Standard Provides Greater Appellate Opportunity

Some months back the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) proposed dropping the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) in favor of the so-called “Phillips construction” of the courts. That final rule package, while expected to have been issued by now, is hung up in the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for regulatory review. (While described in the proposed rule as a change that was not deemed “significant,” should OMB disagree, the final rules will be delayed until the necessary regulatory hoops can be navigated).  Nevertheless, whether in 2018 or 2019, it is clear that the agency intends to move PTAB trial proceedings away from BRI to the Phillips standard.

While this change may not move the needle very much for PTAB trials, it should provide enhanced appellate opportunity. Continue Reading What a Phillips Construction Could Mean for PTAB Appeals

Next Week: PTAB BoardSide Chat & PatentsPostgrant.Com Webinar

Next week, brings back-to-back programs on PTAB appeals, both with a unique focus.

First, up, this month’s edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will be held on Wednesday, January 31st @ 2PM (EST). The January Webinar is entitled: Building Winning PTAB Appeals to the Federal Circuit. The January PatentsPostgrant.com webinar is presented by R&G PTAB Practice Chair Scott McKeown & Appellate/Supreme Court Practice Chair Douglas Hallward-Driemeier who will offer their insights and experiences in building winning PTAB appeals to the Federal Circuit. Register (here). CLE credit will be provided (CA, NYC, VA).

The next day, February 1st, the USPTO will host its first bi-monthly Boardside Chat of 2018. This month’s offering is entitled: Design Patent Appeals. The chat will discuss “Design Patent Appeals and AIA Trial Proceedings.” Longtime PTAB Judges Jennifer Bisk, Romulo Delmendo, and Daniel Song will present and address audience questions. This topic is relevant for both ex parte appeal and AIA trial proceedings.

The Boardside Chat is free and open to everyone to attend. More information, including the WebEx access information, can be found at the PTAB “Boardside Chat” Webinar Series webpage (here).

January Webinar to Focus on PTAB Appeals to the CAFC

This month’s edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will be held on Wednesday January 31st @ 2PM (EST). The January Webinar is entitled: Building Winning PTAB Appeals to the Federal Circuit. With the Federal Circuit’s affirmance rate for PTAB appeals hovering at around 70%, and with such appeals approaching 50% of the Federal Circuit’s docket, successful appellate advocates must not only stand out from the crowd, but build winning trial records from Day 1. This task is easier said than done with the accelerated pace of PTAB trials, limited discovery, and recent recalibration of the appeal bar in Wi-Fi One v. Broadcom.

The January PatentsPostgrant.com webinar is presented by R&G PTAB Practice Chair Scott McKeown & Appellate/Supreme Court Practice Chair Douglas Hallward-Driemeier who will offer their insights and experiences in  building winning PTAB appeals to the Federal Circuit. Register (here)

The formal portion of the webinar will begin at 2PM Eastern and will last for approximately 50-60 minutes. After the presentation there will be a Q&A period. To attend the webinar please sign up via the link above. You will receive a registration confirmation email immediately. Two hours prior to the webinar you’ll receive another email with a link and instructions for joining the presentation. CLE credit will be provided (CA, NYC, VA).