Much has been made of those new 87,000 armed IRS agents waiting to seize your assets—including your home and your small business—by force. Only it’s not true. Thousands of new armed agents aren’t heading your way. And the IRS assessment and collections processes are much more complicated than storming the premises—the agency is required by law to follow specific procedures.
A landmark sanctions decision from the US Patent and Trademark Office director in a high-profile patent review gives the agency and attorneys new avenues to combat abuse of its procedures, even as it leaves open questions about whether the precedent does enough to discourage future patent challengers from seeking a “windfall.”