PTAB Should Work To Reduce Inconsistencies, Attys Say

Law360, Washington (May 16, 2017, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Attorneys navigating the intellectual property landscape in the wake of the America Invents Act agreed Tuesday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board remains fair to patent holders but that improvements are needed to make proceedings more consistent across the body of nearly 300 judges.

The breadth of those judges means different panels aren’t always consistent in the way they handle cases, Chad Hanson, senior IP litigation attorney at Medtronic Inc., said during a George Washington University Law School panel discussion on hot topics at the PTAB. While the proceedings are generally fair and fulfill an important public policy goal of...

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