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PTAB Issues Guidance With Regard to AAPA

PTAB Issues Guidance With Regard to AAPA

By Carl Kukkonen - On August 18, 2020, the USPTO issued guidance regarding the reliance on Applicant Admitted prior art (AAPA).  Under 35 U.S.C. § 311(b), IPRs may be instituted only "on the basis of prior art consisting of patents or printed publications."  The...

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Joinder Bid After Prior Petition Denial Fails

Joinder Bid After Prior Petition Denial Fails

By Matt Johnson - After being sued by Uniloc in April 2018 for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,467,088 (“Reconfiguration Manager for Controlling Upgrades of Electronic Devices”), Apple challenged claims 1-21 of that patent at the PTAB in October of that year in...

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Final FY 2020 PTAB Statistics Posted

Final FY 2020 PTAB Statistics Posted

By Matt Johnson - Total PTAB petitions remained flat in FY2020, with 1513 petitions total being filed: IPR (1429), PGR (64), and CBM (20), compared to 1464 in FY2019 and 1613 FY2018, down from 1901 in FY2017.  September IPR petition filings were 4th highest for the...

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