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Current Developments at the PTAB

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

December 6, 2017

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

CRFD Research, Inc. v. Matal, No. 2016‑2198 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 5, 2017) (Newman, Mayer, O’Malley (author), JJ.). The Federal Circuit deemed the Board’s reliance on its findings of no anticipation to conclude that the claims were similarly not obvious constituted error, as the elements of proof for anticipation and obviousness differ. Slip op. at 27‑28.

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