Tag: America Invents Act

The USPTO Must Restore America Invents Act Proceedings

Over the past decade, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 has been discussed and debated extensively in intellectual property circles.

The Pat-Signal Is Going Dark—Senator Leahy Won’t Seek Re-Election

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has announced that he won’t be seeking re-election to the Senate for a ninth term.  First elected in 1974, Senator Leahy has spent nearly 50 years in the Senate, focuse...

Leahy and Cornyn Introduce Bill To Restore The America Invents Act

Yesterday, Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee Chair Sen. Leahy (D-VT) and committee member Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Restoring the America Invents Act (RAIA).  RAIA would roll back changes ...

Arthrex Is Here—What Will It Mean?

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down its much-awaited decision—at least, much-awaited by people who care about patents and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)—in the consolidated U.S. v A...

Senator Leahy to Take Chair of IP Subcommittee

I’ve been informed that, contrary to what many expected, Senator Leahy will be taking over the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, with Senator Coons moving to a new...

Additional Studies Show IPR Is Not A Threat To Hatch-Waxman Process

Over a year ago, I took a look at a study of the success rate for inter partes reviews (IPRs) of pharmaceutical patents.  That study showed that drug and biologic patents are significantly more likel...

CAFC Determines No Requirement To Reopen Non-Instituted Claims Post-SAS

While the Supreme Court continues to consider WesternGeco, that’s not the only oil services patent case to read up on.[1. In fact, it’s been a heavy oil term at the Court—Oil States was also abo...

Chabot, Johnson Introduce House Fee-Setting Reauthorization Bill

Back in March, Senator Coons and Senator Hatch introduced a bill to renew the USPTO’s authorization to set its own fees, the “BIG Data for IP” Act (S. 2601).  This week, Reps. Chabot (OH) and J...

A Little More Than Forty Percent: Outcomes At The PTAB, District Court, and the EPO

In the run-up to Oil States, a frequent criticism by opponents of patent reform was that the PTAB was “unfair” and that it invalidated patents at a rate far higher than the district courts would i...

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