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May 26, 2020

USPTO Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Change AIA Rules on Institution and Responsive Briefing

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the rules of practice in light of SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, 138 S. Ct. 1348 (2018).

May 4, 2020

Rick Bisenius Quoted in Article, “Skilled in the Art: How PTAB is Boosting the Next Generation of IP Lawyers”

Fish Principal Rick Bisenius was interviewed for’s “Skilled in the Art” series on May 4, 2020 where he discussed the USPTO’s Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP), which allows attorneys with less than seven years’ experience an extra 15 minutes of argument time before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

April 29, 2020

PTAB Launches Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for Next Generation of Patent Practitioners

The USPTO announced Tuesday that it was launching the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP). LEAP is designed to foster development of the next generation of patent practitioners by creating opportunities to gain the proper skills and experience in oral arguments before the Board.

April 21, 2020

Supreme Court Rules § 315(b) Time Bar Decisions Are Not Appealable in Thryv v. Click-to-Call

The Supreme Court ruled today in Thryv, Inc. v. Click-to-Call Technologies, LP that decisions that an inter partes review petition was timely filed cannot be appealed. In a 7-2 decision penned by Justice Ginsburg, the Court held that since the America Invents Act (AIA) states that PTAB decisions instituting review are “final and nonappealable,” appellate review for any matters “closely tied” to such decisions is similarly unavailable. A time bar challenge “easily meets that measurement,” Justice Ginsburg wrote.

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