Commenting on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding PTAB reforms, Washington, DC Principal Nick Matich said that it “provides some relief for patent owners from PTAB abuse by large technology companies,” but “many of the proposed reforms have significant loopholes that will make them meaningless in practice.” He added that the proposals fail to address the issue of petitioners filing multiple challenges against a single patent and notes that the suggestion to allow petitioners to pay additional fees for a higher word-count limit and effectively file two petitions opens the door to petitioners paying for more space, effectively legitimizing such practices. Click here to read the full article.


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