The ANPRM Proposals That Should Drop Out of the Process

Yesterday I highlighted the ANPRM proposals that are likely to make it into the NPRM this coming fall. Today, I’ll walk through the ones that I expect to be dropped, or at least heavily revised.

The vast majority of these “misfires” suffer from the same fatal deficiency — only Congress can provide for such modifications to the AIA. While the agency has substantive rule-making authority to implement the AIA, it does not have authority to implement regulations that effectively rewrite the AIA statutes themselves.

Given the push back from Congress on the apparent overreach of many of the ANPRM proposals, it is highly unlikely that the agency will carry such proposals forward to the NPRM. Continue Reading PTAB ANPRM – Misfires & Overextensions

NPRM to Codify Existing Practices with Notable Exception

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking today to update its rules to conform to SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, 138 S. Ct. 1348 (2018).  That is, the rules now follow the holding of SAS to institute an AIA trial proceeding on all challenged claims should the petitioner meet its burden for at least one challenged claim.  Additional include other rule based updates to codify practices introduced by changes to the Trial Practice Guide, such as providing for sur-replies to principal briefs and providing that a patent owner response and reply may respond to a decision on institution.

None of the above rules change existing practices, but the USPTO did offer one notable wrinkle in its Federal Register Notice.
Continue Reading PTAB Proposes New Rule Package – and New Preliminary Proceeding Philosophy