The PTAB at five: reduced leverage for NPEs

By Jonathan Stroud

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board celebrated its fifth birthday in September and continues to provide an efficient and cost-effective way to challenge questionable patents. It has its critics – most notably, those who enriched themselves under the old system

“I recommend... that further restraints be imposed on the issue of patents to wrongful claimants, and further guards provided against fraudulent exactions of fees by persons possessed of patents” – Letter from James Madison to Congress, April 11 1816 The America Invents Act – the most significant change to the US patent system in more than 50 years – turns six...

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Issue 88