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Patent Owner Sanctioned For Ex Parte Communications

Patent Owner Sanctioned For Ex Parte Communications

By Dave Maiorana Under 37 C.F.R. § 42.5(d), communications with a Board member regarding a specific proceeding are not permitted “unless both parties have an opportunity to be involved in the communication.”  This prohibition, however, does not extend to “referring to...

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Role Of Company Board Members May Impact RPI Analysis

Role Of Company Board Members May Impact RPI Analysis

By Jennifer Chheda Ph.D. and John Kinton The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently denied the request of petitioner Fasteners for Retail, Inc. (“FFR” or “petitioner”) for rehearing in connection with decisions denying the institution of inter partes review...

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Patent Owner Gets Break On Improper MTA/Reply

Patent Owner Gets Break On Improper MTA/Reply

By Levent Herguner and Matt Johnson - On November 30, 2018, the PTAB filed an opinion addressing two procedural issues in Aver Information Inc. v. Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc., Case IPR2017-02108, including failure to meet spacing requirements and...

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Combatting Lack of Assignor Estoppel in IPRs (Maybe)

Combatting Lack of Assignor Estoppel in IPRs (Maybe)

By Marlee Hartenstein and Matt Johnson - Assignor estoppel is an equitable doctrine that prevents a party who assigns a patent to another from later challenging the validity of the assigned patent.  As reported in a prior post, the Federal Circuit recently stated...

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