Amendments Case Could Help Patents Survive AIA Review

By Ryan Davis (August 16, 2016, 8:59 PM EDT) -- A case the Federal Circuit has decided to consider en banc has the potential to lower the high bar patent owners now face when trying to amend their claims in America Invents Act reviews, boosting the chances that patents will emerge from the popular proceedings with viable claims.

The full court agreed Friday to rehear a case involving Aqua Products Inc., which echoed the sentiments of many patent owners in its en banc petition when it argued that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has "unduly restricted" the ability to amend patents with its rule that patent owners have the burden...

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