PTAB’s Joinder Ruling Gives Petitioners Extra Flexibility

Law360, New York (October 13, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision last week allowing for parties that bring one America Invents Act review petition to file a subsequent petition raising different issues and join them into one proceeding may give petitioners strategic benefits, such as prolonging a stay in parallel district court litigation or firing back against an amended complaint, attorneys say.

A split five-judge PTAB panel granted a request for rehearing by Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co. Ltd. and two related entities of the board's previous refusal to institute...
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