On Friday, January 19, 2018, in a Federal Register notice, the USPTO identified four regulations that it is proposing to abolish.[1] The proposals comply with Executive Order 13777, signed by President Trump in February of 2017, which require federal agencies to review all existing regulations and identify those that should be repealed, replaced, or

The Supreme Court recently held oral argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. Before what appears to be a divided Court, the parties addressed pointed questioning over whether the inter partes review (“IPR”) process is constitutional.  The justices’ questions and comments touched on a wide-range of issues including patentee

On November 27, 2017, in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, the Supreme Court will hold oral argument to determine the constitutionality of the inter partes review (“IPR”) process implemented by the America Invents Act.  Clearly, this case has the potential to drastically alter the patent litigation landscape if IPR

  • New Privilege Rule Protects Communications with Foreign Jurisdiction Patent Practitioners From Discovery in PTAB Proceedings.
  • No Reciprocity From Foreign Jurisdiction is Required.

Under a new rule set to take effect on December 7, 2017, communications between patent practitioners authorized to practice patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) under 37 C.F.R.