Will USPTO’s PTAB Undergo A Makeover? Senators Push Reform Bill, Patent Office Tweaks Policy
Parallel district court litigation would no longer be factor in deciding whether to institute PTAB review of patents under Senate bill. BIO favors PTO discretion, would like claim amendments to be addressed.
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Agency asks stakeholders to weigh in on the process for director review of decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. PTO questions whether review should be limited to final written decisions and if the precedential opinion process should remain in effect.
FDA, USPTO In Middle Of Congressional Tug-Of-War Over Patents And Drug Pricing
Senators Hassan and Cassidy contend the lack of coordination between the two agencies may allow patent thickets to grow. Meanwhile, Sen. Tillis is pushing the agency to refute data alleging patents are to blame for high drug prices.
USPTO Faces Growing Pressure To Enter Battle Over Drug Pricing
Members of Congress, companies and government agencies want the Patent Office to change policies that they say impede generic drug competition. The latest effort is focused on PTO’s discretionary denial of inter partes review petitions, which is the subject of a bipartisan congressional letter and cert petition to the US Supreme Court.