Response to the Proposed Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

9 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018 Last revised: 24 Sep 2018

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Christopher Anthony Cotropia

University of Richmond - School of Law

Dennis David Crouch

University of Missouri School of Law

Stuart J.H. Graham

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

Mark D. Janis

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Jay P. Kesan

University of Illinois College of Law

Mark A. Lemley

Stanford Law School

Adam Mossoff

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Arti K. Rai

Duke University School of Law; Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Ted M. Sichelman

University of San Diego School of Law

Saurabh Vishnubhakat

Texas A&M University School of Law; Duke University School of Law

Date Written: July 9, 2018

Abstract

We the undersigned professors of law and economics offer this comment on the USPTO’s notice of proposed rulemaking to change how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will construe patent claims in its administrative trial proceedings. As a group, our research explores a wide range of issues in innovation, intellectual property, administrative process, and institutional design. What brings us together is our interest in the proper functioning of the U.S. patent system and Patent Office operations.

We appreciate the USPTO’s attention to the need for uniformity and predictability in the patent system, especially the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve the PTAB trial proceedings. For the reasons that follow, we support the proposed change away from the PTAB’s current broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) standard to the approach set forth in Phillips v. AWH Corp.

Keywords: patent, innovation, intellectual property, PTAB, claim construction, broadest reasonable interpretation, BRI, Phillips

Suggested Citation

Cotropia, Christopher Anthony and Crouch, Dennis D. and Graham, Stuart J.H. and Janis, Mark David and Kesan, Jay P. and Lemley, Mark A. and Mossoff, Adam and Rai, Arti Kaur and Sichelman, Ted M. and Vishnubhakat, Saurabh, Response to the Proposed Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (July 9, 2018). University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-32; Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 18-35; University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper; Stanford Public Law Working Paper; George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 18-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3211380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3211380

Christopher Anthony Cotropia

University of Richmond - School of Law ( email )

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Dennis D. Crouch

University of Missouri School of Law ( email )

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Stuart J.H. Graham

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )

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Mark David Janis

Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

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Jay P. Kesan

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

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Mark A. Lemley

Stanford Law School ( email )

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Adam Mossoff

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

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Arti Kaur Rai

Duke University School of Law ( email )

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United States

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative ( email )

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Ted M. Sichelman

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States
(619) 260-7512 (Phone)
(619) 260-2748 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.sandiego.edu/law/faculty/profiles/bio.php?ID=795

Saurabh Vishnubhakat (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States

Duke University School of Law

Durham, NC

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