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Nov 22

Federal Circuit Reins in PTAB’s Use of CBM Reviews

In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. November 21, 2016), the Federal Circuit rejected the PTAB’s broad application of CBM reviews to claims that are merely “incidental” or “complementary” to financial activity:  “We hold that the Board’s reliance on whether the patent claims activities ‘incidental to’ or ‘complementary to’ a …

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Jan 16

Supreme Court to Review Two Key IPR Issues

The Supreme Court granted certiorari today on Cuozzo Speed Technology’s petition to review In re Cuozzo Speed Tech., 793 F.3d 1268 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Cuozzo presented two questions, and the Court has accepted both of them: (1)   Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that, in IPR proceedings, the board may construe claims in …

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Dec 17

Federal Circuit Addresses Substantial Evidence as Standard of Review in IPR

In June, 2014, the PTAB declared all challenged claims in two IPR trials brought by Gnosis S.p.A. to be unpatentable based on obviousness grounds. Gnosis S.p.A. v. S. Ala. Medical Science Found., IPR2013-00116 and Gnosis S.p.A. v. Merck & Cie, IPR2013-00117. In forty pages of opinion-and-dissent between the two cases, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit today …

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Aug 18

PTAB Addresses Means-Plus-Function Claim in a Post-Williamson World

Like every en banc Federal Circuit decision, the Court’s decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, No. 2013-1130 (Fed. Cir. June 16, 2015) (en banc) made big headlines. It is, therefore, worth reviewing one of the first PTAB decisions to address the contours of that case in an inter partes review context in Toyota Motor Corp. v. Cellport Sys., Inc., …

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Jul 04

Motion for Additional Discovery Seeking Details of Kyle Bass-led Coalition Partially Succeeds

We continue to monitor the various strategies and tactics being employed by pharma companies that have been targeted by the “Coalition for Affordable Drugs” – a group led by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass. In a recent decision, the PTAB granted-in-part a pharma company’s attempts to dig into the background of the Bass-led coalition. Coalition for …

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Jun 25

Board Rejects Attempt to Add Testimony to Preliminary Response

As we have discussed, the proposed PATENT Act contains provisions that alter many facets of IPR proceedings. One of those potential changes is a new ability to include affidavits or declarations of supporting evidence and opinions to Patent Owner Preliminary Responses. A recent decision by the Board makes clear, however, that the Board is not …

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Jun 24

PTAB vs. Federal Circuit Update

To date, the Federal Circuit has weighed in on 15 PTAB decisions from inter partes review proceedings. In 3 of the 15 decisions, the Federal Circuit has issued a substantive opinion: 1) In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies – Affirming the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation claim construction standard; 2) Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC – Non-precedential decision; …

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Jun 08

Amendments to PATENT Act Proposal Takes Aim at IPR Proceedings

On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the PATENT Act made it out of committee on a 16-4 vote after amendments were made to the bill that take direct aim at inter partes review proceedings. While there is still a long way to go before this bill becomes a law, this bill is further along than any other, …

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May 17

PTAB Issues Subpoenas in Two IPR Proceedings

To date, the PTAB has sparingly used its power to issue subpoenas in inter partes review proceedings. In two recent cases, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC, (IPR2014-00553) and LG Chem, Ltd. v. Celgard, LLC (IPR2014-00692), the Board granted requests to compel depositions of third party witnesses. Here, we take a look at the fact …

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May 08

Board Clarifies When Expanded Panel Can Consider an IPR Issue

In the aftermath of the decision by an expanded panel of PTAB judges in Target Corp. v. Destination Maternity Corp. (deciding, in a 4-3 decision, that both joinder of issues and joinder of parties is allowed in inter partes review proceedings), several parties have pushed various panels of PTAB judges to submit one issue or another to …

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