• Board Expands Inter Partes Review to Include Determination of Priority Support
  • April 9, 2015
  • Law Firm: Staas Halsey LLP - Washington Office
  • On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) instituted an Inter Partes Review for Pi-Net International’s patent. Pi-Net International argued that determining support for priority in a U. S. patent application is outside the statutory bounds of review for Inter Partes Review. Addressing the merits of the Petition, the Board found a reasonable likelihood that Petitioner, SAP America, would prevail at trial. The Board focused on prior art that arose in between the parent U. S. application filing date and the divisional U.S. application filed later.