The USPTO published a request for comments in the Federal Register on June 27 this year, seeking public comment on all aspects of the new administrative trial proceeding rules and trial practice guide. The USPTO had originally given a deadline for written comments of September 16 but pushed it back a month to allow additional time to submit comments.
Thirty-seven comments were received in total. Among those submitting comments during the week before the deadline were ABA-IPL, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Cisco, Google and Oracle, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Innovation Alliance, Pfizer, PhRMA, Samsung and Unified Patents.
The USPTO outlined 17 questions for consideration including issues such as the claims construction standard, motions to amend, patent owner preliminary responses, obviousness, real party in interest, discovery, multiple proceedings, extension of the one-year period to issue a final determination, and the use of live testimony.
The USPTO is expected to make changes to PTAB proceedings after it taken on board all of the comments. Patent owners have raised concerns about the limited discovery and inability to amend claims under the proceedings in particular.
David Kappos, former USPTO director and partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore, told Managing IP in August: “I am 100% confident they will make some changes from what they learn from the input they are getting. I wouldn’t be surprised if some adjustments are made in the area of permitting claim amendment and discovery.”
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The full list of comments received by the USPTO is:
· ABA-IPL Section (October 16)
· AIPLA (October 16)
· Capital Legal Group, PLLC (October 15)
· Digimarc Corporation (October 16)
· Dufresne, Andrew (October 16)
· Electronic Frontier Foundation (October 16)
· EMC Corp. and Adobe System Inc. (October 16)
· Espinoza, Gilberto et al (October 16)
· GEA Process Engineering, Inc. (September 16)
· Hospira, Inc. (September 16)
· Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (September 16)
· IBM Corporation (September 19)
· Innovation Alliance (October 16)
· The Internet Association (October 16)
· Intellectual Property Owners Association (September 16)
· Japan Intellectual Property Association (September 16)
· Keefe, Heidi (September 16)
· McKee, Christopher (September 12)
· McLeod, Rick (October 16)
· MIPLA IP Law (October 16)
· Morsa, Steve (October 14)
· Neifeld, Rick (October 16)
· New York Intellectual Property Law Association (September 16)
· Nugen, Fred (August 21)
· Pfizer, Inc. (October 16)
· PhRMA (October 16)
· Public Knowledge (September 30)
· Quillin, George et al (October 16)
· Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd (October 16)
· SAS (August 20)
· Smith-Pederson (October 8)
· Staff1@piausa.org (September 25)
· Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox, PLLC (October 16)
· Think Computer Corporation (September 12)
· Unified Patents (October 16)
· Williams, Andrew et al (October 16)
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