USPTO Says Interested Party Rulings Aren't 'Shenanigans'

By Tiffany Hu (November 10, 2020, 6:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has gone to the Federal Circuit to hit back at accusations that the agency engaged in "shenanigans" by initiating review of a mobile website patent challenged by RPX Corp. without requiring Google to be named as an interested party in the review.

In an intervenor brief filed Monday, the USPTO said that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board properly refused to require RPX to name Google — a member of the patent advisory group — as a real party in interest in the board's inter partes review of Publishing Technologies LLC's patent, which the board...

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