Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is proud to announce the publication of the 2023 PTAB Year in Review: Analysis & Trends. The editors are: Directors Richard M. BembenJason A. Fitzsimmons, and Jon E. Wright (retired), and Counsel Jennifer Meyer Chagnon. The publication synthesizes key events and decisions that occurred last year at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and provides detailed analysis to serve as a helpful reference for those who practice before or adjacent to the PTAB.

The publication, 2023 PTAB Year in Review: Analysis & Trends, is available in its entirety in both HTML and PDF formats and as individual articles on the firm’s website. An on-demand webinar featuring the editors of the report is available here.

Report Overview
The first half of the publication provides in-depth analysis of discretionary denial of IPR and PGR petitions, including a summary of the new Director Review procedures available to parties dissatisfied with institution decisions or final written decisions. The authors also examine key precedential Board decisions, decisions coming out of the Director Review process, and key PTAB statistics from 2023.

The second half of the report covers the latest developments in statutory estoppels, key Federal Circuit decisions impacting Board procedure, and developments in ex parte reexamination practice as a complement to AIA challenges. Further, the report revisits and updates Sterne Kessler’s 2021 analysis of the intersection between post grant proceedings and standard essential patents (SEPs).

The articles are authored by the editors and by fellow Sterne Kessler colleagues: Directors Kristina Caggiano KellyRichard A. CrudoJason D. Eisenberg, and Ryan C. Richardson; Counsel Jessica Harrison; and Associates Andrew Z. BarnettJohn D. Higgins, and Joseph K. Venier, with statistics and analytical support from Patrick Murray.

This publication is the third in Sterne Kessler’s series of four 2023 year-in-review reports and webinars. You can view our previously released reports now on our website:

A report on notable 2023 Cases at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and a companion webinar will be available at the end of the month.

Post-Grant Proceedings at Sterne Kessler
Sterne Kessler has industry-leading experience in all proceedings before the PTAB and the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU), including inter partes review (IPR), post grant review (PGR), covered business methods reviews (CBM), reexamination, derivation proceedings, and interferences. As the first “PTAB Firm of the Year” — the firm literally wrote the book on PTAB litigation. Most recently, Sterne Kessler was named Post-Grant Firm of the Year for the United States at the 2023 Global IP Awards by leading intellectual property publications Intellectual Asset Management and World Trademark Review. The firm and many individual attorneys also received top rankings in the Patexia 2023 PTAB Intelligence Report, and the firm is ranked a top tier firm for PTAB litigation in Managing IP’s 2023 IP Stars guide.

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