Category Archives: Patent Reform

Patent Due Diligence and Evaluation After the AIA

Many factors must be considered for due diligence and valuation of a patent portfolio. The patent owner’s desire to have broad claims that capture a large number of infringements must be tempered against its need for claims that will not … Continue reading

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New PTAB Trial Practice Rules Effective May 2, 2016

On April 1, 2016 the PTO published its final rule on Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  A small correction to these Amendments was published on April 27.  I presented a summary of these … Continue reading

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New PTAB Rule Changes Published Yesterday

A small number of rule changes were published yesterday which affect all involved in post-grant trials at the USPTO.  The fixes make the rules more specific and make for more uniform proceedings.  They are effective May 19, 2015.  A copy of … Continue reading

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Target Corp. Requests Rehearing of Denied IPRs by Expanded PTAB Panel

October 17, 2014 Last month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) interpreted the IPR joinder provision, 35 U.S.C. § 315(c), to preclude joinder requests by an existing party to an ongoing proceeding.  (Target Corp. v. Destination Maternity Corp., IPR2014-00508 and … Continue reading

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Lex Machina’s 2013 Patent Litigation Report Shows Disparity Between Litigated Patents and those under PTAB Review

Litigation and post-grant proceedings often go hand-in-hand. A new litigation report published by Lex Machina summarizes patent litigation data for 2013 and prior years.  It is an interesting report and very easy to digest.  Two findings caught my eye.  The first one … Continue reading

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See You at the AIPLA 2014 Spring Meeting!

I am presenting at the AIPLA Spring Meeting on May 15, 2014 in Philadelphia and hope to see you there.  My task is to provide strategies for filing inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews and post-grant reviews.  I hope … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit Dismisses Appeals by Petitioners Who Were Denied Inter Partes Reviews

The Federal Circuit issued two orders on April 24, 2014 dismissing appeals by petitioners in proceedings where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied institution of inter partes review (IPR).  Each appeal is summarized as follows: St. Jude Medical, … Continue reading

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Eastern District of Virginia Decides PTAB Decision to not institute IPR is Not Appealable

A patent owner insists that your company infringes a patent and makes a claim of patent infringement.  You have settled patent infringement assertions before, but this patent seems invalid over known prior art.  You consult with your patent counsel and … Continue reading

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Join Me in San Francisco for PLI’s Post-Grant CLE Program on April 28

I will be presenting at PLI’s “USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2014” CLE Program on April 28th with a number of other post-grant practitioners. Please join us there or attend via webinar! — Timothy Bianchi

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USPTO Statistics Show Inter Partes Patent Reviews are Frequently Settled Before Final Board Decision

The U.S. Patent Office regularly posts statistics on post-grant proceedings such as inter partes review and covered business method patent review.   An excerpt of PTAB statistics for February 13, 2014 is found below.  The acronyms “FWD” and “RAJ” stand … Continue reading

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