On May 27, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) proposed amendments to its rules governing post-grant proceedings, addressing three topics.  First, petitions for post-grant proceedings would require institution of all claims or denial of the petition. Second, patent owners would be permitted to file sur-replies to principal briefs. Third, the rules would eliminate

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Bozeman Financial LLC v. Federal Reserve Bank Of Atlanta, Case No. 19-1018 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 10, 2020) [hereinafter Bozeman], holding that Federal Reserve banks (hereinafter “the Banks”) are people under the AIA, capable of petitioning for post-issuance review. The Court further

On October 22, 2019, the USPTO published a Federal Register notice proposing changes to the rules of practice for inter partes review (“IPR”), post-grant review (“PGR”), and covered business method patents (“CBM”) (collectively “post-grant trial”) proceedings regarding burdens of persuasion for motions to amend and the patentability of substitute claims.[1]

Specifically, the Federal Register

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling today in Return Mail, Inc. v. Postal Service, 587 U.S. ___ (2019), holding that the United States Government is not a “person” eligible to petition for covered-business-method (“CBM”) review, inter partes review (“IPR”), or post-grant review (“PGR”) America Invents Act (“AIA”) proceedings before the

On October 11, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a change in the claim construction standard used for inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR) and covered business method (CBM) review.  For these proceedings, the claim construction standard will be changed from the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) standard to the standard

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“the Board”) recently held that Customedia Technologies, LLC (“Customedia”) could not moot the CBM proceeding with a post-institution disclaimer of the claims found to recite a financial activity element. Dish Network Corp. v. Customedia Techs., LLC, CBM2017-00023, Paper 48 at 23 (P.T.A.B. June 11, 2018).

A patent is

A difference between post-grant proceedings (i.e., inter partes review and covered business methods) and its predecessor (i.e., ex parte and inter partes reexaminations) is the ability for parties in post-grant proceedings to settle and request termination of the proceedings.  Both federal statutory authority and USPTO rules govern the nature of settlements

The Federal Circuit recently changed the scope of CBM eligible patents. While the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) had previously interpreted its jurisdiction broadly, the Federal Circuit, in two recent decisions, considerably narrowed the universe of patents eligible for CBM review. This post analyzes the results of those decisions as they have played out