Standing Ruling May Chill AIA Reviews By Interest Groups

By Ryan Davis (June 5, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT) -- Public interest groups may be dissuaded from using America Invents Act proceedings to challenge patents, after a Federal Circuit decision Wednesday — in Consumer Watchdog's case against Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation over its stem cell patent's potentially impeding effect on research — created a new hurdle by effectively barring the groups from appealing decisions in those cases, attorneys say.

The court threw out a case brought by Consumer Watchdog, which was challenging a patent for human embryonic stem cells, ruling the group didn't have standing to appeal the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision that the patent is valid. Only parties...

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