At the beginning of this year, Kyle Bass, founder of Dallas-based hedge fund Hayman Capital Management, announced plans to challenge 15 drug companies’ patents via Inter Partes Review. As of today, Kyle Bass is over half way there.
On April 20, 2015, the Board instituted inter partes review for Tiffany and Co. in IPR2015-00024. Concurrent with institution, the Board issued a scheduling order. Paper No. 8. Notably, the scheduling order includes a section regarding an Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Statement, which is due approximately two weeks after the Initial Conference Call. Id. at 3.
In a blog post on the USPTO’s website, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, announced that the office will make a number of rule changes impacting post-grant proceedings.
Fish & Richardson Wins Federal Circuit Affirmance of Three Inter Partes Reviews for Micron Technology Against the University of Illinois’ Semiconductor Patents
Fish & Richardson announced today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued a Rule 36 affirmance of three inter partes reviews (IPRs) that were filed against three University of Illinois patents on behalf of Micron Technology, Inc. In March 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held each claim of the University of Illinois’ semiconductor patents unpatentable, and as a result ordered each claim cancelled. The PTAB also found in Micron’s favor on every instituted ground of rejection, including a four-way obviousness rejection of one of the claims in a challenged patent.
Fish & Richardson has been named the #1 most active law firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for 2014. Fish represented clients in 154 proceedings – more than any other firm – and also ranked as the most active firm representing petitioners at the PTAB.
The analysis, conducted by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine, noted that 2014 was “by far” the record year for filings at the PTAB, with 1,677 inter partes review, covered business method review, and post-grant review petitions listed in the Docket Navigator database between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.