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District courts generally have broad discretion in determining what materials may be presented during trial, with evidentiary rulings reviewed for abuse of discretion. Consistent with this principle, the Federal Circuit has repeatedly confirmed that district courts’ discretion extends to the admissibility of evidence relating to post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). See, e.g., K-Tec, Inc. v. Vita-Mix Corp., 696 F.3d 1364, 1376 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (affirming district court’s decision to allow parties to discuss the extent to which Patent Office had considered a reference as within “the province of the district court”); Callaway Golf Co. v. Acushnet Co., 576 F.3d 1331, 1342–43 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (affirming district court’s exclusion of evidence of non-final reexamination determinations based on risk of jury confusion).
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By Jennifer Bush
Perhaps the largest impact that Director Vidal has had upon the PTAB is has been via Director Reviews. The U.S. Supreme Court mandated Director Reviews to correct procedural defects in the way that administrative patent judges are appointed to the PTAB.
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