Publications

July 17, 2019ArticleUSPTO Publishes its Second PTAB Trial Practice Guide UpdateOn July 16, 2019, the Patent Office published its 2019 Trial Practice Guide Update, a copy of which can be found here. This follows on the heels of last August's Trial Practice Guide Update (here) which, perhaps most importantly, provided patent owners with a sur-reply to petitioner's reply brief as a matter of right. More
May 9, 2019 ArticlePTAB Issues Two New Precedential Opinions On Discretion to Deny Review - Implications for GenericsThe PTAB designated two decisions as precedential this week (in addition to several in previous weeks), both relevant to the Board's discretion to deny review. These cases illustrate that the PTO is in the process of designating precedential opinions on a number of issues, in line with revised Standard Operating Procedure 2 for designating precedential and informative decisions. See my previous posts on other recent precedential decisions here and here. More
April 17, 2019ArticlePTAB Issues Three New Precedential Opinions On RPIThe PTAB designated three decisions as precedential yesterday (in addition to several in previous weeks). These cases illustrate that the PTO is in the process of designating precedential opinions on a number of issues, in line with revised Standard Operating Procedure 2 for designating precedential and informative decisions. More
March 20, 2019ArticlePTAB Issues Three New Precedential OpinionsThe PTAB designated three decisions as precedential this week (in addition to two earlier this month), indicating that the PTO may be in the process of designating precedential opinions on a number of issues, in line with revised Standard Operating Procedure 2 for designating precedential and informative decisions. More
March 14, 2019ArticlePTAB Precedential Opinion Panel Clarifies Issue Joinder Under 35 U.S.C. § 315(c)In the first case to be taken up by the PTAB's Precedential Opinion Panel (POP), Director Iancu, Commissioner Hirshfeld, and then Acting Chief Judge Boalick (now appointed) have determined that, under appropriate and limited circumstances, a petitioner may join its own previously-instituted IPR to request joinder and institution of new issues. More
March 11, 2019ArticleMotions to Amend: Is the PTAB's Lectrosonics Order Just of Western Digital?Spring gardening season has begun and the USPTO is once again planting its Motion to Amend ("MTA") seeds. In a substantial redux of Western Digital Corporation v. Spex Technologies, IPR2018-00082, -00084, paper 13, the PTAB this past week designated paper 15 of Lectrosonics v. Zaxcom, IPR2018-01129, 01130("Lectrosonics Order") as an informative decision. More