is a principal in the St. Louis office of Harness, Dickey. Matt’s practice is focused on intellectual property disputes, and especially post grant administrative proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Matt is the managing editor of a well-read blog directed to post grant proceedings, and the author of Harness, Dickey’s IPR-PGR Quarterly Report on the statistics surrounding IPR practice. For more information or to contact Matt please visit his firm bio page.
Disappointing some (i.e., Patent Owners) who were looking for a more significant changes to the rules governing inter partes review, post grant review, and/or covered business method review, on April 1, 2016, the Patent Office issued its Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. About one year earlier, the Office hinted at the possibility of more sweeping proposals for change, but many of the more major proposals were not implemented and only more incremental change was adopted. Here are the five things every Patent Owner and Petitioner must know about the new ground rules governing the most seismic change in patent law in several generations – post grant administrative trials.