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ARE Patent Law Alert:
Patent Trial and Appeal Board Rule Changes

May 20, 2015
Author(s): Charles R. Macedo, Brian A. Comack

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office amended the rules of practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). These rules clarify and correct many of the procedural aspects of the inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional program for business method patents, and derivation proceedings governed by the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

The major changes to the rules are:
As always, we will continue to monitor the USPTO’s rules and regulations and will provide alerts for any further changes. We continue to analyze and follow developments associated with the AIA, and will post additional reports on our website.

Charles R. Macedo and Brian Comack are partners, Jung Hahm is Senior Counsel, and William Frank is an associate at Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP. Their practice specializes in intellectual property issues including litigating patent, trademark and other intellectual property disputes. The authors may be reached at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

Mr. Macedo is also the author of The Corporate Insider’s Guide to U.S. Patent Practice, published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

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