Current Developments at the PTAB

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

November 14, 2017

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

In newly-promulgated trial Rule 42.57, the USPTO has formally extended the attorney‑client privilege to communications between clients and patent practitioners appearing before the PTAB, including communications with patent agents and foreign patent practitioners. See Rule on Attorney‑Client Privilege for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 82 Fed. Reg. 51,570 (Nov. 7, 2017).

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Practice Manual for the PTAB

Joel is the author of The Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Advocacy and Practice, Second Edition. To purchase the book, please visit PG Direct.