USPTO Floats Plan To Let 1 Judge Institute Some AIA Reviews

Law360, New York (August 25, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Tuesday it is considering launching a pilot program in which decisions on whether to institute America Invents Act inter partes reviews would be made by only one Patent Trial and Appeal Board judge, rather than three, as is currently the case.

The office published a Federal Register notice seeking comments on whether it should establish such a program and what the advantages or disadvantages of it could be. The office said one judge making institution decisions could conserve PTAB resources,

"Increases in filings and the growing number of cases may strain the PTAB's continuing...

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