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McKool Smith principal Nick Matich spoke with Bloomberg on President Joe Biden’s nominee Kathi Vidal to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The article noted that “Vidal would be the first Senate-confirmed director since the U.S. Supreme Court in a June 2021 ruling, United States v. Arthrex, gave the patent office director the power to overturn decisions the PTAB makes in its inter partes review program.” Nick said, “Through the powers that he or she has under Arthrex, the PTO director is effectively the judge and jury for certain issues in patent litigation.” Read the article here.

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