IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in December 2016

Authors: Daniel F. Klodowski, Elliot C. CookDavid C. Seastrunk
Editor: Aaron L. Parker

In the 60 Final Written Decisions issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in December, the Board cancelled 649 (83.10%) of the instituted claims and declined to cancel 124 (15.88%) of the instituted claims.  Patent owners conceded 8 (1.02%) instituted claims through motions to amend or disclaimer.


On a per-case basis, no instituted or substitute claims survived in 35 (58.33%) of the decisions, all instituted claims survived in 11 (18.33%) of the decisions, and a mixed outcome occurred in 14 (23.33%) of the decisions.  A mixed outcome occurs where at least one instituted or substitute claim remains patentable, and at least one is cancelled, in a Final Written Decision.

The overall cumulative instituted claim survival rate, broken down by technology center, is as follows:


More detailed cumulative statistics on the Board’s IPR and CBM decisions, updated through January 1, 2017, are available here on the AIA Blog.

Statistics regarding the outcome of appeals to the Federal Circuit are available here.

Lists of the top 10 PTAB judges by panel appearances and authored opinions are available here.

Numbers of final written decisions by technology center and instituted claim survival rates by technology center are available here.

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