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Restoring Balance: Increased Discretionary Authority of the PTAB Favors Patentees

USA - April 5 2021 The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is an administrative law body of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) that determines disputes over the…

Steven M. Auvil.

Discretionary Denial of Institution of an IPR Disfavored Where Litigation Already Stayed or Petitioner Stipulates to Estoppel

USA - April 5 2021 In 2020, the PTAB increasingly denied otherwise meritorious petitions for review under its discretionary authority, as my partner Steve Auvil and I…

Steven M. Auvil.

What a Great IDEA! Collecting Data on the Diversity of Patent Inventors

USA - March 11 2021 A bipartisan group of Senators, including the Chair and ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, has proposed legislation…

Twelve Cannabis Plant Patents and Counting

USA - January 1 2021 The year 2020 saw increasing acceptance of cannabis in the US, as indicated by legalization in another five states, proposed federal legalization, and…

Participation of Women Inventors in the US Patent System Is Increasing Slowly but Surely

USA - July 24 2020 The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued an encouraging and informative 2020 Update to its February 2019 Progress and Potential profile…