Director Richard Bemben was quoted in the IPWatchdog article “PTAB Precedential Decision Nomination Form Could Lead to More Controversial Decision-Making Outside of Informal Rulemaking.”

In the article, Bemben provided his input on the nomination form and said, “[u]nder Director Iancu, the USPTO has been very active in seeking to secure and maintain uniformity and predictability in PTAB decisions. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of decisions designated precedential or informative, as well as the establishment of the Precedential Opinion Panel. The Office’s recent decision to create a form that can be used for anonymously nominating PTAB decisions to be ruled precedential seems to be a continuation of the Director’s and the Office’s efforts to receive input from its stakeholders as the institution of the PTAB continues to evolve.”

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