• Are Inter Partes Reviews Unconstitutional? Time for Some History
  • August 17, 2017 | Author: Charles W. Shifley
  • Law Firm: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Chicago Office
  • July 12, 2017 — <i>Inter partes reviews</i> (IPRs) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) are procedures that patent challengers like to the extent of filing thousands of them. Most are successful for the challengers. IPRs are slow-rolling trials. Everything is routinely done on paper, except for a short final lawyers’ argument. That makes them like other administrative trials, such as patent trials from the past, <i>i.e.</i>, interference trials, and administrative trials in other spheres, such as workers’ compensation trials. As you would expect, given their “paper nature,” there aren’t any juries and there isn’t any federal court judge involved.