PTAB Decision May Force Changes For Patent Challenge Groups

Oct. 7, 2020, 9:20 PM

A decision finding an RPX Corp. member is an interested party in patent challenges the group filed could require changes for membership organizations that attack patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2018 told the PTAB to take a second look at whether Salesforce.com Inc. was a real party-in-interest (RPI) when RPX challenged two Applications in Internet Time LLC patents. The board on Friday said Salesforce was an RPI.

Saurabh Vishnubhakat, a law professor at Texas A&M University, said the decision is a “pretty substantial event” for the business ...

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