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PTAB / Estoppel / Federal Circuit / PTAB Procedures and Rules

Federal Circuit affirms Board’s grant of adverse judgment based on pre-institution disclaimer

Today, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Board decision of adverse judgment against a Patent Owner based on the pre-institution disclaimer of challenged claims. In IPR2016-00917, Arthrex (Patent Owner) filed a preliminary response requesting denial of the petition based on the disclaimer of all challenged claims  and specifically stating that it was not requesting adverse judgment. In […]

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PTAB / Federal Circuit / PTAB Procedures and Rules

Failure to challenge “new” arguments during an IPR proceeding may waive APA procedural objections on appeal

In Securus Techs. v. Global Tel*Link Corp., the Federal Circuit rejected a patent owner’s argument that the PTAB improperly considered new arguments raised in the petitioner’s reply brief, in part because the patent owner did not object during the IPR proceeding. In Securus, the Federal Circuit reviewed a pair of final written decisions involving U.S. Patent […]

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PTAB / Federal Circuit / Obviousness / PTAB Procedures and Rules

To avoid running afoul of the APA, patent owners must be permitted to respond to “new” grounds of unpatentability

In In re: NuVasive, Inc., the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Board’s final written decision in IPR2013-0508 for further proceedings. At issue was the Board’s reliance on a prior art figure that was first raised in petitioner’s reply and which the Board did not permit the patent owner to address in the preceding. In […]

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PTAB / Federal Circuit / PTAB Procedures and Rules

Federal Circuit maps out two-step approach, decides not to dance: Split panel refuses to review applicability of assignor estoppel to IPRs

In Husky Injection Molding Sys. v. Athena Automation Ltd., a split panel of the Federal Circuit dismissed a patent owner’s appeal of the PTAB’s final written decision in an IPR where patent owner asserted that institution should have been denied based on assignor estoppel. The majority’s opinion cites the Supreme Court’s Cuozzo decision as setting up […]

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PTAB / Federal Circuit / Privity / PTAB Procedures and Rules / Statutory Bars

Shenanigans aside, time-bar decisions still not appealable; Judge Reyna invites en banc review

In WiFi v Broadcom, the Federal Circuit confirmed that the Supreme Court decision in Cuozzo did not overrule the prohibition on appellate review of decisions relating to institution of IPR proceedings. Although Cuozzo left open the possibility that certain “shenanigans” (e.g., notice failures that create due process problems) might be reviewable, the Federal Circuit rejected […]

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PTAB / Claim Amendments / Federal Circuit / PTAB Procedures and Rules

En banc Federal Circuit to review standards for amending claims in PTAB proceedings

On August 12, 2016, the Federal Circuit granted the petition for rehearing filed in In re Aqua Products Inc. and decided that its full panel of judges will consider the PTAB’s current practice for allowing (or, in most cases, not allowing) claim amendments. Amendments in PTAB proceedings are currently guided by the Informative Opinion issued in Idle Free Systems, Inc. v. Bergstrom, […]

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PTAB / PTAB Procedures and Rules

Debut of new PTAB filing and case management system – PTAB E2E

The “PRPS” e-filing and case management system for post-grant proceedings was retired this past weekend.  The new system, PTAB End to End (PTAB E2E), provides significant improvements over the former PRPS system. The new and improved features of PTAB E2E include: Additional search filters, including the ability to search proceedings by party name, type of […]

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PTAB / PTAB Procedures and Rules / Supreme Court

Supreme Court issues Cuozzo decision: BRI stands; institution decisions not reviewable

Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Cuozzo.  The decision preserves the status quo for PTAB trials by (1) confirming that decisions to institute trial by the PTAB are not reviewable and (2) finding that the PTAB reasonably acted within its rulemaking authority in construing claims under the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) standard. Institution Decision Not Reviewable:  […]

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Can you work in a group? – Motions to amend and the duty of candor (PTAB decision)

In what could become a more common occurrence, the PTAB granted patent owner Tire Hanger’s motion to amend, allowing five new claims.  Issued the same day that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Cuozzo, the PTAB Order helps clarify a patent owner’s duty of candor when arguing the patentability of new claims brought in […]

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