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On May 27, 2020 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposed rule changes to govern inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and covered business method (CBM) review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The most significant proposal would eliminate the presumption that a genuine issue of material fact created by testimonial evidence filed with a patent owner preliminary response would be viewed in the light most favorable to petitioner when deciding to institute a review. Adoption of this rule could encourage more patent owners to file declarations with their preliminary responses, and may ultimately result in decreasing petitioner success rates in obtaining institution of review. The other changes would simply conform the rules to current USPTO practices, and are therefore less noteworthy. Below is a summary of each proposed rule change and its potential impact on PTAB practice.
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By Richard S.J. Hung, Alex S. Yap and Stephen J.H. Liu
Courts are increasingly excluding all evidence relating to post-grant proceedings before the PTAB, except when it is used for impeachment. This article reviews recent decisions on this issue from some of the nation’s busiest patent districts.
By Stan Soocher
The significance of the U.S. Tax Court decision for celebrities and their estates is clear: Prior to now, as Tax Court Judge Mark V. Holmes noted: “We haven’t had a case directly addressing the taxability of the image and likeness.”
By Eric Alan Stone and Catherine Nyarady
In two recent cases, the Second Circuit provided guidance as to the circumstances that may give rise to liability for counterfeiting, as distinct from mere infringement, and addressed liability for contributory infringement for counterfeiting.
By Angela Morris
The Texas lawsuit alleged that the social video app and parent company ByteDance Ltd. copied software code, and deleted or altered copyright management information in the code, and then used the code in the app that has 175 million downloads.