By Joe Sauer

The Patent Office has announced an initiative to make procedural reforms in an effort to improve PTAB trial proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings. As part of this initiative, the USPTO will consider historical data from the last five years of proceedings, along with input that it has already received from numerous companies and practitioners. In addition, the Office is inviting additional suggestions for procedural improvement, which may be made by email to

For more information on this Patent Office initiative, please see the USPTO announcement at

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Joe Sauer's practice focuses on the development and management of international patent portfolios, freedom-to-practice opinions, ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination, prelitigation and general IP counseling, and patent litigation.