PTABWatch, provided by Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, analyzes and reports recent developments concerning Post-Grant Proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR), and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings.
Recent Blog Posts
- Proposed Rule to Recognize Patent Agent Privilege in PTAB Proceedings In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on October 18, 2016, the USPTO proposes to amend the rules of practice before the PTAB to “recognize that, in connection with discovery conducted in certain proceedings at the [USPTO], communications between U.S. patent agents or foreign patent practitioners and their clients are privileged to the same extent as communications between clients and U.S. attorneys.” 81 Fed. Reg. 71653 (Oct. 18, 2016). The rule would apply to the various PTAB proceedings that entail... More
- Government Weighs in on Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review Two petitions for certiorari are pending before the Supreme Court in which the aggrieved patent owners in MCM Portfolio LLC. v. Hewlett-Packard Co. and Cooper v. Lee are challenging the constitutionality of AIA trials. The Federal Circuit in MCM Portfolio upheld the PTAB’s authority to adjudicate the validity of issued patents, determining that IPR proceedings are not unconstitutional under Article III or the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial. MCM Portfolio LLC. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 812 F.3d 1284 (Fed.... More