Beware the Dying Squad

Beware the Dying Squad

On August 14, 2014, Law360 quoted PTAB Chief Judge James Cruz commenting the Board’s status like a patent “death squad” – an expression created by former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader.  While “death squad” is “unfortunate language,” somewhat it adequately describes the mission Congress gave the board underneath the AIA.  As the rate of declaration dropped from 87 percent in fiscal 2013, to 76 percent in fiscal 2014, the speed of filing continues ot increase.

 

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