Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Derivations came on the patent scene via the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that was passed by Congress and signed into Law by President Obama on September 16, 2011.1 The derivations portion of the AIA applies to patents and applications with an effective filing date on or after 03/16/2013.... read more
In its June 20, 2016, decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the USPTO’s authority to decide to use the broadest reasonable construction for claim terms of a patent in an inter partes review (IPR) and denied Cuozzo’s attempt to appeal the IPR institution... read more
On March 31, the USPTO announced in its “Director’s Forum” blog that it is publishing the Final Rule containing the amendments to the Rules of Practice for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board). The pre-publication version of the Final Rule is available on the USPTO website.... read more