07 April 2017
Washington DC
Reporter: Barney Dixon

USPTO looks to reform PTAB


The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is launching an initiative targeted at procedural reform.

It will use five years of historical data to shape and improve trial proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), particularly inter-partes review proceedings.

According to the USPTO, the purpose of the initiative is to ensure that proceedings are “as effective and fair as possible within the USPTO’s congressional mandate to provide administrative review of the patentability of patent claims after they issue”.

The USPTO said it is continuously looking for ways to improve the PTAB proceedings, which “changed the patent landscape by providing a faster, cost-efficient quality check on issued patents”.

Members of the public may submit their comments to the USPTO via email.

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