Supreme Court patent update – Inter partes review survives constitutional challenge
Abstract: Patent trolls are a significant nuisance to a range of industries. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld a procedure that makes it easier for patent trolls’ potential victims to avoid prolonged litigation or costly settlements. This article discusses inter partes review (IPR) and the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that this type of review is constitutional. A short sidebar highlights the Court’s decision as to whether to grant IPR of challenged patents on a claim-by-claim basis. Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712, April 24, 2018, U.S. SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, No. 16-969, April 24, 2018, U.S.