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PTAB August round-up: Filing down; Federal Circuit criticises PTAB in two opinions; ruling on standing

Michael Loney, New York


126 PTAB petitions were filed in August, while the Federal Circuit expressed concern with the Board’s practice of joinder and expanded panels in Nidec Motor v Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor, said it abused its discretion for failing to consider material evidence in Ultratec v CaptionCall, and ruled that an IPR petitioner doesn’t need to satisfy Article III standing requirements to participate in a patent owner’s appeal in Personal Audio v EFF

A total of 126 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions were filed in August – 122 inter partes review (IPR) and four post-grant review petitions. It was the first month since February 2013 in which no covered business method...


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