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Don’t forget to register: The PTAB Bar Association’s webinar on appeals from the PTAB is next Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 3:00 PM EDT. The panel will cover PTAB Federal Circuit appeal statistics, lessons learned, and new and emerging issues, including recent and pending Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases that might affect our practice, …

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CAFC: Successful motion to amend vacated: The Board granted a patent owner’s motion to amend its claims, but the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded because the Board did not address the petitioner’s proposed prior-art combinations. The petitioner proposed modifying the prior-art references by adding features from different references, explaining why the ordinary artisan would have …

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Congress: STRONGER Patents Act of 2017: A bi-partisan group of senators introduced the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience Patents Act last week. The Act proposes significant changes to IPRs and PGRs, such as changing the claim construction standard, adding a standing requirement, limiting the number of proceedings that can …

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SCOTUS: Certiorari granted in SAS v. Lee to address partially instituted IPRs: The Board often institutes review of (and issues a final written decision on) only some of the patent claims challenged in an IPR petition. See 37 CFR § 42.108(a) (“the Board may authorize the review to proceed on all or some of the …

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PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference: Thank you to everyone who attended our Inaugural Conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., on March 1-3, 2017. The conference was a huge success and we will see you next year! CAFC: Too many remands? The majority vacated and remanded an IPR after finding that the Board’s construction was …

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PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference sold out: We are pleased to announce that the Inaugural Conference on March 1-3, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. has sold out. Our agenda is here. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email andy.schwarz@mci-group.com. CAFC: Final written decision does not undermine preliminary …

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PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference: Join the PTAB Bar Association for its Inaugural Conference on March 1-3, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. This exciting nationwide conference will bring together members of the bench and of the PTAB Bar Association for discussions of PTAB best practices, recent developments and trends, policy considerations, view from …