Current Developments at the PTAB

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

April 21, 2020

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. Supreme Court

Thryv, Inc. v. Click-to-Call Techs., LP, No. 18‑916 (U.S. Apr. 20, 2020). In a split decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the PTO’s determination that the petitioner’s earlier-filed, but voluntarily-dismissed infringement action did not bar a petition for inter partes review was not reviewable, as the issue of a time bar is closely related to the decision to institute a trial proceeding, which by statute is not subject to review (35 U.S.C. § 214(d)).

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Practice Manual for the PTAB

Joel is the author of The Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Advocacy and Practice, Third Edition. To purchase the book, please please go to Purchasing Details.