Current Developments at the PTAB

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

October 11, 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. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Aqua Prods., Inc. v. Matal, No. 2015‑1177 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 4, 2017) (en banc). Under long‑standing Board practice in inter partes review proceedings, the burden of persuasion with respect to the patentability of proposed substitute claims has been on the patent owner. In this appeal challenging that practice, a plurality of the Federal Circuit held to the contrary, finding that the statute places this burden on the petitioner. Slip op. at 5.

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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.