In a decision of interest, the PTAB denied institution of inter partes review due to the Petitioner’s excessive reliance on a voluminous supporting declaration:
In this decision denying institution of an inter partes review, the Board refused to consider information contained in a supporting declaration, but not sufficiently presented in the petition itself. Under 37 C.F.R. § 42.22(a)(2) a petition must include a “full statement of the reasons for the relief requested, including a detailed explanation of the significance of the evidence….” Here, Petitioner submitted a claim-by-claim analysis for nine grounds of unpatentability, alleging the prior art teaches or suggests each element of the claim. Petitioner chiefly cites to a 287 page declaration containing 1,278 paragraphs. In those paragraphs, the declarant points “almost exclusively to a 1,003 page, single-spaced, claim chart in landscape format appended to [the] Declaration as Exhibit A.” The claim chart then cites to the references themselves. Through this three-level incorporation technique – the petition incorporating the declaration, the declaration incorporating the claim chart, and the claim chart incorporating from the references – the Petitioner impermissibly sought to greatly expand its arguments in support of the petition.
The Board ruled that the “petition’s extensive reliance on citations to the … Declaration in lieu of citations to the references themselves amounts to an incorporation by reference of arguments made in the … Declaration into the Petition, thereby circumventing the page limits that apply to petitions.” The Board refused to consider the information found only in the declaration. Arguments made in a supporting document may not be incorporated by reference into a petition, pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 42.6(a)(3).