Category Archives: Inter Partes Review

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What "Reasonably" Could Have Been Raised in an Inter Partes Review?

Since their introduction, inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings have had a close association with district court litigation. Indeed, litigation defendants are often the petitioners who initiate IPR proceedings. Therefore, the effect that an IPR can have on concurrent or potential litigation is an important consideration for petitioners. Among the factors that petitioners must consider are … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Insight into the Scope of Board Institution-Related Decisions That Are Not Appealable

Just as inter parties review proceedings (“IPRs”) are limited in scope, addressing invalidity based only on patents and printed publications, practitioners should keep in mind that appellate review of United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) decisions from IPRs is similarly constrained. Indeed, much of what occurs in front of the Board is not … Continue reading this entry

Two Bites, Taken Together: Parallel and Serial IPR Petitions

As the body of institution and final decisions in inter partes review (IPR) trials grows, useful trends at both decision stages can be identified. One emerging trend is the relative likelihood that two petitions attacking one or more of the same claims will be more likely granted if filed in parallel (multiple petitions, simultaneously, on the same patent) as compared to … Continue reading this entry

PTAB Requires Additional Showing for Cross-Examination If Testimony Was Prepared for Another Proceeding

A recent order from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in an inter partes review illustrates how the Board may handle situations where a party seeks to depose a declarant whose testimony was submitted through a declaration from another proceeding – requiring the party to demonstrate that the deposition is “necessary in the interest of … Continue reading this entry

New Guidance From the Federal Circuit on Motions to Stay Litigation Pending a PTAB Proceeding

In VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc., No. 2014-1232 (July 10, 2014), the Federal Circuit issued its first opinion directed to the issue of when it is appropriate to grant a stay of a district court patent infringement lawsuit while a covered business method review proceeding (“CBM”) occurs. The case will have important ramifications for future cases … Continue reading this entry

PTAB Denies Late Attempt to Alter the Applicable Claim Construction Standard in an IPR

A recent decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) highlights the different claim construction standards that are ordinarily applicable in post-grant review proceedings and in district court, and illustrates the Board’s inclinations towards tactics that would alter the complexion of an inter partes review (“IPR”) late in the proceedings. In an IPR, “[a] claim … Continue reading this entry

District Court: Notification of IPRs Necessary to Comply with Duty of Candor and Good Faith

On May 2, 2014, Judge Davis of the Eastern District of Virginia determined that counsel in a pending patent litigation “failed to comply with their general duty of candor and good faith to this Court” by not disclosing the fact that the defendant had filed petitions for inter partes review on the patents-in-suit while a … Continue reading this entry

PTAB Terminates IPR Sua Sponte Where Claims Are Indefinite

As dictated by 35 U.S.C. § 311, a petitioner can pursue inter partes review (“IPR”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) based on certain grounds of anticipation or obviousness under 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 or 103, respectively. This prior-art based inquiry generally involves an evaluation of patents or printed publications that the petitioner relies on … Continue reading this entry

"Patent Reform 2014" White Paper Available for Download

Over the past 2 years I’ve been closely following the slew of patent reform proposals in Congress, the Executive Branch, the Courts, and the 50 States.  I have yet to find a document that lists–much less explains–all the many, many proposals percolating in DC and across the country. So I wrote one: “PATENT REFORM 2014:  A Comprehensive Guide to Current … Continue reading this entry

PTAB Practice Tip: When Must I Request ‘Authorization’ to File a Motion?

One of the most common mistakes parties make in the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings is failing to seek Board authorization to file a motion. Many practitioners incorrectly assume that the way to request relief of any sort is to simply file a motion. But what these practitioners fail to realize … Continue reading this entry