PTAB's Skyrocketing Petition Rate Starts To Stabilize

Law360, San Diego (February 11, 2016, 6:19 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board took in nearly 1,800 total petitions in 2015 for another record year as defendants in litigation continue to turn to the popular venue to wage validity fights over patents they are accused of infringing, but the rate of filings is beginning to plateau after years of explosive growth, lawyers say.

Since the America Invents Act created the board in 2012 for adjudicating patent validity challenges as an alternative to protracted disputes in court, the PTAB has seen a tidal wave of petitions come its way, from 110 petitions in 2012, to 794 in 2013, to...

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