The PTO is fighting a challenge to regulations governing appeals of agency re-examinations of issued patents. The case, brought by German company Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH in the Eastern District of Virginia in August, challenges the PTO's rules for appealing PTO decisions on ex parte re-examination proceedings. On Oct. 21, the PTO filed a motion for summary judgment to dispose of the case. Ex parte re-examinations can be triggered when third parties ask the PTO to review another entity's patent.
PTO Seeks to Dispose of Case Challenging Its Rules for Appealing Re-Examinations
The National Law Journal
October 26, 2009