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Leahy Plans Legislation to Limit PTAB’s Discretion Denials (1)

Sept. 22, 2021, 6:12 PMUpdated: Sept. 22, 2021, 9:04 PM

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) plans to introduce legislation to limit the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s discretion to deny patent reviews.

Leahy announced his plan at an anniversary event for the America Invents Act, legislation that created the PTAB and the inter partes review program. No timetable was given.

Leahy, who played a major part in the AIA becoming law, said the bill would “restore the IPR process to what Congress intended” and limit discretionary denials, while bringing more transparency to the process.

“We did a good job 10 years ago,” Leahy said at the event hosted by manufacturing industry ...

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