PTAB Publishes Consolidated Edition of AIA Trial Practice Guide

Written November 22, 2019

The US Patent and Trademark Office on November 20, 2019, published a new, consolidated edition of the Patent Trial Practice Guide that incorporates updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide.

The topics of revisions and updates in this consolidated version include: institution of trial after SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu; use of sur-replies in lieu of observations; how parties may contact the Board to request an initial conference call; use of word counts; the sample scheduling order for derivation proceedings; and, the default protective order. The Office says that the guide may be revised again as they continue to review AIA trial proceedings.