Supreme Court shakes up the PTAB
Abstract: A decade after the American Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) brought significant change to the U.S. patent system, the courts and players in the patent regime continue to grapple with some aspects of the law. This article reviews a recent U.S. Supreme Court finding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s administrative patent judges’ power is incompatible with their status as inferior officers. The article also reviews guidance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the wake of the Court’s holding. U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc., No. 19-1434 (U.S. June 21, 2021).