Current Developments at the PTAB

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

June 3, 2018

This page presents noteworthy cases and developments at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, pertinent rulemaking packages, and court decisions affecting the PTAB.

Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Western Ditigal Corp. v. Spex Techs., Inc., No. IPR2018‑00082, Paper 13 (P.T.A.B. Apr. 25, 2018) (order) (designated informative on Jun. 1, 2018). In light of the Federal Circuit’s en banc holding that the burden of persuasion with respect to the patentability of substitute claims presented in a trial proceeding lies with the petitioner, Aqua Prods., Inc. v. Matal, 872 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2017) (en banc), the Board issued revised guidelines for a patent owner’s motion to amend the application.

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Practice Manual for the PTAB

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