Justices Won't Examine 'Multiple Proceedings' Patent Rule

Law360 (November 19, 2018, 6:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a rule that allows the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to reject challenges to a patent’s validity that are too similar to previous proceedings, rejecting SSL Services LLC’s bid to revive its canceled network patent.

In a Monday order list, the justices denied SSL’s petition for a writ of certiorari, leaving in place the PTAB’s decision that the company's patent, which relates to a system for establishing virtual private networks, was obvious based on an earlier invention and a handful of published documents.

“A disappointing outcome, but we respect the court’s decision,”...

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