Authors: Daniel F. Klodowski, Elliot C. Cook, David C. Seastrunk
Editor: Aaron L. Parker
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 50 Final Written Decisions in June. It was a relatively difficult month for patent owners, with the Board cancelling 555 (80.32%) of the instituted claims while declining to cancel 114 (16.50%) of the instituted claims. Patent owners conceded 22 (3.18%) instituted claims through motions to amend or disclaimer in cases reaching a final decision. For comparison, the cumulative average rate of claims cancelled in final written decisions is about 75%, and the rate of cancelled claims in May was about 48%.