U.S.: Supreme Court takes up constitutionality of inter partes review

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) that allows third parties, typically alleged infringers, to challenge the validity of issued patents. The question presented in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC is “[w]hether inter partes review, an adversarial process used by the Patent and Trademark Office to analyze the validity of existing patents, violates the Constitution by extinguishing private property rights through a non-Article III forum without a jury.”

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