On July 6, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) denied Petitioner Ford Motor Company’s (“Petitioner”) request for rehearing of the Board’s decision denying institution of multiple inter partes reviews (IPR) based on its finding that, under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b), the petitions were filed more than one year after the date on which the Petitioner was served with a complaint alleging patent infringement.
On May 11, 2017, Magistrate Judge Roy Payne in the Eastern District of Texas recommended that patentee Biscotti’s inter partes review (IPR) estoppel motion be granted–in-part and denied-in-part.
A Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel granted petitioner Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s (“Samsung”) motion for joinder with IPR2015-00806, which was filed by Google Inc. and relates to U.S. Patent No. 7,765,482 (the “’482 Patent”). Although the patent owner, Summit 6 LLC, did not oppose the motion for joinder, the PTAB still analyzed the motion to determine whether the circumstances warranted joinder.