PTAB's 'Death Squad' Label Not Totally Off-Base, Chief Says

By Ryan Davis (August 14, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's reputation as a "death squad" for patents is "unfortunate language," but in some ways it adequately describes the mission Congress gave the board under the America Invents Act, its chief judge said at a meeting Thursday.

PTAB Chief Judge James Smith told a meeting of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Public Advisory Committee that while the label has been used by critics of the board concerned about the rate at which it is reviewing and invalidating patents under the AIA programs, there may be some truth to it.

"The purpose of the proceedings...

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