Current Developments at the PTAB

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

January 29, 2018

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. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew Corp., No. 2017‑1239 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 24, 2018) (Newman (dissenting), Dyk (author), O’Malley (concurring), JJ.). The PTAB correctly construed a patent owner’s pre‑institution disclaimer of all of the claims challenged in a petition for inter partes review as a request for adverse judgment. Slip op. at 6‑9. Both the concurrence and the dissent questioned whether the PTAB has the statutory authority to enter adverse judgment prior to institution of a proceeding.

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Practice Manual for the PTAB

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