Five years since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) came into force one of the defining elements of the US patent market has been the degree to which major operating companies have used inter partes reviews (IPRs) to challenge patents that are being asserted against them. The zeal with which the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google have turned to the PTAB has meant that IPR proceedings have been far more popular than anyone predicted.

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