Post-Grant Alert: PTAB Trial Transcript Released for SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Development Group, Inc.
April 25, 2013
Written by Dorothy Whelan and Karl Renner.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released the transcript from the first-ever oral hearing conducted before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB) in an America Invents Act post-grant proceeding. The hearing, which was conducted just last week, involved a patent that was challenged using the transitional program for covered business method patents (TPCBM). It is between SAP America Inc. and Versata Development Group Inc. and is styled as case number CBM2012-00001 at the PTAB. The patent is also involved in co-pending litigation, namely Versata Software Inc. et al. v. SAP America Inc. et al., case number 2:07-cv-00153 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and case number 12-1029 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
April 16, 2013
Written by David Holt, Karl Renner, and Dorothy Whelan
In Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Progressive Casualty Ins. Co., the PTAB set forth a framework by which it would limit the number of “redundant” grounds of rejection that may be sustained in patent trials. The decision is important because the PTAB forecasts that it will only sustain more than one ground of rejection per claim if the Petition provides a particular type of description for why multiple grounds are not redundant.
Updated March 22, 2013 – New PTO Fees Effective March 19, 2013, for Ex Parte Reexamination, Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, and Covered Business Method Review
The alert below is updated from the March 20 release. Please note the updated IPR hypotheticals and updated fee structure for PGR/CBM.
Written by: Karl Renner and Dorothy Whelan | March 18, 2013
Garmin International Inc. v. Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, slip op. IPR2012-00001 (PTAB Mar. 5, 2013)
In Garmin International, Inc. et al. v. Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, the PTAB clarified the metes and bounds of “routine discovery” permitted in patent trials before the PTAB and set forth standards for determining when a party’s request for additional discovery would be granted. The decision is important because it illustrates the limited nature of discovery available in patent trials and highlights the differences between PTAB and district court proceedings.
Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Decision in Macauto U.S.A. Provides Clarity on Some Inter Partes Review Requirements
Macauto U.S.A. v. BOS GmbH & KG, slip op. IPR2012-00004 (PTAB Jan. 24, 2013)
March 11, 2013
Written by: Dorothy Whelan and Karl Renner
The PTAB’s decision in Macauto U.S.A. v. BOS GmbH & KG is significant for at least two reasons. First, the PTAB clarified the eligibility requirements for inter partes review set forth in 35 U.S.C. § 315(b), holding that a suit filed by a patent owner against a petitioner and then dismissed voluntarily without prejudice did not trigger the one year time period for filing an inter partes review petition. Second, the PTAB clarified the standards for satisfying the reasonable likelihood of success standard required for instituting an inter partes review.