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Post-Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

 by Oblon, Stephen G Kunin, Scott A McKeown, Greg H Gardella
 
 Copyright: 2013-2015
 Last Updated: May 2015

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  • ISBN Number: 9781402420207
  • Page Count: 526
  • Number of Volumes: 1
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The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which replaced the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and which presides over various new proceedings designed to provide parties with a more effective venue in which to litigate patent validity. The most commonly used procedure is inter partes review, which effectively replaced inter partes reexamination as of September 16, 2012. Other post-grant proceedings include Post-Grant Review and the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents.

Post-Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is a comprehensive guide through the process of initiating a post-grant proceeding, taking discovery, seeking sanctions, proposing and opposing claim amendments, effectively advocating at the oral hearing, appealing to the Federal Circuit, and handling a wide array of issues involving co-pending district court litigation.
  Table of Contents
  Foreword
Chapter 1: Introduction
  • § 1:1 : Evolution of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act1-2
    • § 1:1.1 : Recommendations for Patent System Reform1-2
      • [A] : The FTC Report and NRC Report1-3
      • [B] : Patent Reform Bills1-4
    • § 1:1.2 : The Patent Reform Act of 20051-5
  • § 1:2 : Evolution of AIA’s New Post-Issuance Patent Challenge Procedures1-7
    • § 1:2.1 : Addressing the Limitations of the Ex Parte Reexamination Process1-7
    • § 1:2.2 : Different Approaches of Proposed Legislation to Key Issues1-10
      • [A] : Threshold1-10
      • [B] : Timing1-11
      • [C] : Scope of Review1-11
      • [D] : Estoppel1-12
      • [E] : Discovery1-13
      • [F] : Sanctions1-13
  • § 1:3 : New Post-Grant Patent Procedures Under the AIA1-14
    • § 1:3.1 : Overview of Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, and Transitional Program for Covered Business Methods1-14
      • [A] : Threshold1-14
      • [B] : Effective Date1-15
      • [C] : Scope1-15
      • [D] : Timing of Filing1-15
      • [E] : Estoppel1-16
      • [F] : Procedures1-16
        • [F][1] : Discovery1-16
        • [F][2] : Sanctions1-16
        • [F][3] : Evidentiary Burden1-17
        • [F][4] : Oral Hearing1-17
        • [F][5] : Three-Judge Panels1-17
        • [F][6] : Preliminary Response1-17
        • [F][7] : Twelve- to Eighteen-Month Deadline1-17
    • § 1:3.2 : Example of Post-Grant Proceedings Timeline1-17
  • § 1:4 : History and Structure of the Board1-18
    • § 1:4.1 : Organizational History1-19
      • [A] : Names and Designations1-19
      • [B] : Examiners/Judges1-19
      • [C] : Board Duties and Responsibilities1-20
    • § 1:4.2 : Historical Timeline1-20
    • § 1:4.3 : Current Structure of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)1-33
  • § 1:5 : PTAB Has Become the Busiest Patent Court in the United States1-33
Chapter 2: Prefiling Considerations
Chapter 3: Petition for Inter Partes Review
  • § 3:1 : Overview3-2
  • § 3:2 : Petition Requirements3-2
    • § 3:2.1 : Fee Calculation and Payment3-3
    • § 3:2.2 : Parties in Interest and Mandatory Notices3-3
    • § 3:2.3 : Claims Challenged and Grounds3-7
      • [A] : Standing3-7
      • [B] : Identification of Challenge(s)3-9
      • [C] : Threshold Standard3-13
      • [D] : Service3-16
      • [E] : Other Filing Requirements and Considerations3-17
      • [F] : Claim Charts3-18
  • § 3:3 : Filing Date and Correction of Errors3-19
    • § 3:3.1 : Filing Date3-19
    • § 3:3.2 : Threshold Requirements for Institution of Review3-21
    • § 3:3.3 : Correcting a Noncompliant Petition3-21
    • § 3:3.4 : Most Common Defects Giving Rise to Non-Compliance3-22
  • § 3:4 : Expert Witness Testimony3-23
  • § 3:5 : Most Common Mistakes in Petition Drafting3-25
    • § 3:5.1 : Deficient Evidentiary Declarations3-25
    • § 3:5.2 : “Mix and Match” Grounds of Unpatentability3-26
    • § 3:5.3 : Lack of Coherent Claim Construction Positions3-26
    • § 3:5.4 : Redundancy in the Grounds of Unpatentability3-27
    • § 3:5.5 : Failure to Recognize the Importance of the Twelve-Month Window3-28
  • § 3:6 : Jurisdiction, Standing and Joinder3-28
Chapter 4: Patent Owner Preliminary Response
Chapter 5: Institution of Inter Partes Review and Submission of Supplemental Evidence
  • § 5:1 : Statutory Deadline5-1
  • § 5:2 : Issuance of Decision5-4
  • § 5:3 : Entry of Preliminary Scheduling Order5-5
  • § 5:4 : Scope of Issues Decided5-8
  • § 5:5 : Estoppel Effect of Decision5-8
  • § 5:6 : Requests for Reconsideration5-9
  • § 5:7 : Alternative Grounds of Unpatentability May Be Deemed Redundant5-10
  • § 5:8 : Review of Decision to Institute Under the Administrative Procedures Act5-11
  • § 5:9 : Submission of Supplemental Evidence5-12
Chapter 6: Discovery
Chapter 7: Sanctions
Chapter 8: Patent Owner Discovery Period, Response and Proposed Amendments
  • § 8:1 : Patent Owner Discovery Period8-1
    • § 8:1.1 : Cross-Examination of Petitioner’s Declarant(s)8-4
    • § 8:1.2 : Seeking “Additional” Discovery8-8
      • [A] : Impermissible Uses of “Additional” Discovery8-8
      • [B] : Use of “Additional” Discovery to Explore Secondary Indicia of Non-Obviousness8-9
    • § 8:1.3 : Discovery of Third Parties by Way of Subpoena Issued Under the Authority of an Appropriate District Court8-10
  • § 8:2 : Patent Owner Response Requirements8-11
  • § 8:3 : Amendments to Claims and Substitute Claims8-12
    • § 8:3.1 : Requirements8-12
    • § 8:3.2 : No Broadening Amendments8-15
    • § 8:3.3 : Establishing That an Amendment Is Responsive to Ground of Patentability at Issue8-15
Chapter 9: Petitioner Discovery Period, Reply and Opposition to Proposed Amendments
Chapter 10: Patent Owner Supplemental Discovery and Reply to Opposition to Proposed Amendments
Chapter 11: Motions, Including Termination and Settlement
  • § 11:1 : In General11-2
  • § 11:2 : Filing Motions11-2
    • § 11:2.1 : Timing11-2
    • § 11:2.2 : Procedure for Filing Motions11-3
    • § 11:2.3 : Content of Motions11-3
    • § 11:2.4 : Opposition to Motion11-4
    • § 11:2.5 : Reply to Opposition11-5
    • § 11:2.6 : Affidavits in Support of Motions, Oppositions, or Replies11-5
  • § 11:3 : Board Action on a Motion and Request for Rehearing11-6
  • § 11:4 : Types of Motions11-6
    • § 11:4.1 : Motions to Terminate Based on Settlement11-6
    • § 11:4.2 : Motions to Exclude Evidence11-9
    • § 11:4.3 : Motion to Seal11-11
    • § 11:4.4 : Motions to Expunge11-13
    • § 11:4.5 : Motions for Joinder11-13
    • § 11:4.6 : Motions to File Supplemental Information11-17
    • § 11:4.7 : Motion for Judgment Based on Supplemental Information11-17
    • § 11:4.8 : Motions for Observations on Cross-Examination11-18
    • § 11:4.9 : Motions to Compel11-18
    • § 11:4.10 : Motions to Amend the Patent11-20
    • § 11:4.11 : Motions for Additional Discovery11-20
    • § 11:4.12 : Motions in Limine11-20
    • § 11:4.13 : Motion to Waive Page Limits11-20
    • § 11:4.14 : Motion for Correction of Notice of Basis for Relief11-21
    • § 11:4.15 : Motions to Correct Petition11-21
    • § 11:4.16 : Motion for Paper Filing11-22
    • § 11:4.17 : Motions for Admission Pro Hac Vice11-22
    • § 11:4.18 : Motion to React to the Exclusion of an Inventor or Co-Owner11-23
    • § 11:4.19 : Motions for Relief on Grounds Not Identified in the Rules11-23
Chapter 12: Hearing
Chapter 13: Final Written Decision and Rehearing Requests
Chapter 14: Appeals to the Federal Circuit
Chapter 15: Parallel Litigation
  • § 15:1 : Introduction15-2
  • § 15:2 : Background on PTAB Proceedings Relevant to Concurrent Litigation15-3
    • § 15:2.1 : Timing15-3
    • § 15:2.2 : Limited Discovery15-4
    • § 15:2.3 : The Quality of Adjudication Under the PTAB15-4
  • § 15:3 : Practical Impact of the Change to Inter Partes Review on Litigation—Estoppel15-5
  • § 15:4 : The New Landscape—PTAB Proceedings As Alternatives to Litigation15-7
    • § 15:4.1 : Timing—Use It or Lose It15-8
    • § 15:4.2 : PTAB Proceedings in Relation to Declaratory Judgments15-8
    • § 15:4.3 : Post-Grant Proceedings in Relation to Stays15-10
    • § 15:4.4 : The “Automatic Stay” Provision for CBMs15-13
  • § 15:5 : Pre-Trial Strategies15-14
    • § 15:5.1 : Stay of District Court Litigation15-14
      • [A] : Decision to Stay—Factors-Based Analysis15-15
        • [A][1] : Prejudice15-15
        • [A][2] : Simplification15-16
        • [A][3] : Timing15-16
      • [B] : Pending Preliminary Injunctions15-17
        • [B][1] : Creative Stay Tactics—Defendants: Motion to Transfer Followed by a Motion to Stay (“Texas Two-Step”)15-17
        • [B][2] : Creative Stay Tactics—Plaintiffs: Stay Calculus Relating to the ITC (“ITC End-Around”)15-19
        • [B][3] : Can You Appeal a Stay Determination?15-20
    • § 15:5.2 : Intervening Rights15-22
      • [A] : The Substantially Identical Standard15-23
      • [B] : Types of Intervening Rights15-26
      • [C] : Claim Construction and Intervening Rights15-26
      • [D] : Amended in Effect?15-27
    • § 15:5.3 : Enhanced Claim Construction15-28
      • [A] : Using the Proceeding As an Ongoing Prosecution History15-29
      • [B] : Self-Serving Statements15-32
    • § 15:5.4 : Inequitable Conduct (Materiality Analysis)15-33
    • § 15:5.5 : Willfulness15-35
  • § 15:6 : Post-Trial Strategies15-37
    • § 15:6.1 : Avoiding Injunctive Relief15-37
      • [A] : Enforcement of Injunction Stayed in View of PTO Determination15-37
    • § 15:6.2 : Avoiding Judgment/Impacting Invalidity15-38
      • [A] : When Inter Partes Estoppel Applies15-40
      • [B] : The Reach of the Estoppel15-42
      • [C] : Inter Partes Patent Estoppel May Not Apply to Prior Art Deemed “Unavailable”15-43
  • § 15:7 : USPTO Post-Grant Patent Cancellation Trumps Court Judgment15-44
  • § 15:8 : Parallel USPTO Proceedings15-46
    • § 15:8.1 : Introduction: Overview of Available USPTO Administrative Proceedings15-46
    • § 15:8.2 : PTAB Authority to Control Parallel USPTO Proceedings15-47
    • § 15:8.3 : PTAB Discretionary Control of PTAB Proceedings15-48
    • § 15:8.4 : PTAB Discretionary Control of Parallel USPTO Proceedings15-49
  • § 15:9 : Conclusion15-50
Chapter 16: Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents
Chapter 17: Preview of Post-Grant Review Procedures
Appendix A: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Appendix B: Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals
  Index

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