USPTO Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Post-Issuance Review Proceedings


DC Client Alert - August 21, 2015

By Matthew D. Zapadka

Michelle K. Lee, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced on August 19, 2015 proposed changes to rules governing Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created three new types of post-issuance review proceedings, to which the PTAB practice rules apply: (1) inter partes review (IPR); (2) post-grant review (PGR); and (3) transitional post-grant review for covered business method patents (CBM).

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