Analysis

5 Big Developments That Shaped The PTAB In 2020

By Britain Eakin (December 18, 2020, 12:13 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has faced plenty of twists and turns this year, with the board extending precedent on discretionary denials, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the PTAB's time bar determinations aren't appealable and the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting its ability to pivot to remote proceedings.

Here, Law360 looks back at five critical PTAB developments.

Discretion

When the PTAB designated its decision in Apple v. Fintiv as precedential in May, PTAB practitioners had to scramble to figure out how to overcome the six factors the board laid out in the decision for determining when the advanced stage of parallel...

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