Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) Issues Decision in Proppant Express Investments v. Oren Technologies
The Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) concluded that 35 U.S.C. § 315(c) provides discretion to allow a petitioner to be joined to a proceeding in which it is already a party and provides discretion to allow joinder of new issues into an existing proceeding.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the appointment of Scott Boalick as Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Boalick has served as the acting Chief Judge for the PTAB since September 2018.
Recently, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) designated its order issued in Lectrosonics, Inc. v. Zaxcom, Inc., Case IPR2018-01129, 01130 (PTAB February 25, 2019) (Paper 15), which provides guidance and information on statutory and regulatory requirements for a motion to amend, as precedential.
Fish & Richardson is the #1 law firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for 2018 according to a PTAB survey compiled by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) – retaining its #1 ranking for four years. Fish represented petitioners and patent owners in 207 proceedings, handling 40 more PTAB cases than its closest competitor. Fish is also the #1 most active firm representing petitioners at the PTAB with 140 petitions – twice as many as the next firm on the list.
The PAR provides information on the USPTO’s programs and the results of the agency’s programmatic and financial performance over the last year, as well as demonstrates to Congress, the administration, and the public the USPTO’s efforts to promote accountability and transparency.