By statute, Congress gave the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) broad discretionary power in deciding whether or not to institute an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding. Recently, the PTAB’s application of this discretionary authority to deny IPR petitions has continued to be aggressive in frequency and scope.
Several possible rationales for this continued upward trend exist including: (1) docket management, (2) concerns with protecting review process/patent owners from “abuse”, and (3) the SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu decision. Continue reading “Law of the Case? Not in our Forum! Continuing Trend of PTAB Aggressively Using Its Discretionary Powers to Deny Institution of IPRs”