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Whats New on the PTAB Trials Blog

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HOUSTON, March 7, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, highlights the latest updates from the Baker Botts’ Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trials Blog – – which provides news, trends and analysis of PTAB proceedings as they evolve. The recent updates focus on developments involving inter partes review, covered business method reviews, and post-grant reviews, and the wide-ranging impact the proceedings have on the patent litigation landscape. 

Federal Circuit To Hear En Banc Whether Certain PTAB Institution Decisions Are Reviewable 
Eliot D. Williams 
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has recently announced that it will hear en banc the question of whether certain decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that are entered at the beginning of America Invents Act (AIA) trials (e.g. at the outset of an Inter Partes Review) are reviewable on appeal... Read More

The Federal Circuit Narrows the Scope of Covered Business Method Review By Limiting Review to Claims that Cover Activities Financial in Nature 
Ali Dhanani, Daniel Rahim 
The Federal Circuit issued a decision in Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank Nat’l Ass’n, No. 2016-1353, 2017 WL 676601 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 21, 2017)... Read More

A Review Of Patent Owners’ Early Expert Testimony At PTAB 
Harper Batts, Chris Han 
On May 2, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board began allowing expert declarations in preliminary responses by patent owners responding to inter partes review and covered business method petitions... Read More.
*This article first appeared in Law360, February 22, 2017. 

Patent Trial Partner Wayne Stacy Releases New PTAB Digest Deskbook 
Wayne Stacy 
Wayne Stacy, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, has co-authored the newly released PTAB Digest Deskbook, 2016 Edition... Read More

Baker Botts’ PTAB Trials practice has handled over 220 PTAB procedures and is one of the busiest PTAB dockets among all U.S. firms. With over 180 IP lawyers and patent professionals, holding over 200 technical degrees, Baker Botts has an incredibly deep bench of practitioners with a wealth of experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings. 

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