Monday, September 15, 2014

IPR Petitioner’s Business Model to Circumvent 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) Time Bar No Basis for Terminating Sanctions

During a conference call, the Board denied the patent owner's request to file a motion for sanctions terminating the proceedings. "Patent Owner argues that [a motion for sanctions pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 42.12(a)] is warranted because the purpose of the Petitioner’s business model is to circumvent the statutory bar created by 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) and the efficiencies created by estoppel. Furthermore, Patent Owner argues that allowing the Petitioner to proceed with its petition amounts to harassment against the Patent Owner. . . . [W]e determine that Patent Owner has presented an insufficient basis for its request for authorization to file a motion for sanctions because Patent Owner fails to cite any conduct by Petitioner that constitutes misconduct as delineated in 37 C.F.R. § 42.12(a). Accordingly, Patent Owner’s request for authorization to file a motion for sanctions is denied."

Petition for Inter Partes Review by Iron Dome LLC, IPR2014-00674 (PTAB September 10, 2014, Order) (Ward, APJ)

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