Examining the USPTO’s First Precedential Opinion Panel Decision

Published: 14/03/2019
Examining the USPTO’s First Precedential Opinion Panel Decision
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The first decision issued by the new USPTO Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) tackled the difficult issues of statutory interpretation of sections 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) and 35 U.S.C. § 315(c). In sum, the Board determined that both same party and issue joinder is proper in inter partes reviews (IPRs). The Board also determined that otherwise time-barred petitions are proper when accompanied by a joinde

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