The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office more latitude over administrative patent validity challenges under the America Invents Act.

A 7-2 majority held in Thryv v. Click-to-Call Technologies that USPTO has unreviewable authority to decide whether a party properly petitioned under the AIA within a year of being sued for patent infringement, or was in privity with a supplier, business partner or other party who had been sued.

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