PTAB 2018: A Year of Agency Recalibration
The Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) stole much of the 2018 patent law spotlight. From landmark Supreme Court decisions such as Oil States and SAS Institute, to significant en banc Federal Circuit decisions in WiFi-One, PTAB practice evolved more in 2018 than in any prior year. That said, the most impactful 2018 changes for practitioners were driven by the agency.
Under the pro-patent leadership of Director Iancu, the agency is expected to drive still further change in 2019.