USPTO Upheld Some Patent Claims In 41% Of AIA Reviews

By Ryan Davis (May 22, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT) -- About 41 percent of the inter partes reviews completed to date have upheld at least some of the challenged claims, a statistic that shows the office does not have an agenda to invalidate patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officials said Thursday.

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge James Smith told a USPTO advisory panel that of the 54 final decisions so far in the America Invent Act proceedings, 32 have found that all the challenged claims are unpatentable, but 22, or about 41 percent, have upheld some of the claims.

Many of the inter partes review decisions released in...

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