Whistleblower Ruling Stirs USPTO Transparency Concerns

By Andrew Karpan (May 17, 2023, 11:44 PM EDT) -- An administrative law judge has ordered the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to stop preventing a Patent Trial and Appeal Board judge from hearing patent challenges after he blew the whistle on the office's practice of "stacking" panels — which has since been abandoned — with some attorneys saying the decision highlights the agency's long-standing issues with transparency since the passage of the America Invents Act in 2011....

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