Monday, June 11, 2018

PTAB’s Final Written Decision Addressing Some But Not All Challenged Claims No Basis for Lifting Stay

The court denied plaintiff's motion to lift a stipulated stay pending inter partes review because the PTAB had not resolved two uninstituted claims following the Supreme Court's decision in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, 138 S. Ct. 1348 (2018). "Although the PTAB denied institution of IPR proceedings with respect to claims 5 and 10, and issued a final written decision on all remaining claims, the Supreme Court recently ruled that the PTAB must issue a final written decision 'with respect to the patentability of any patent claim challenged,' and 'in this context, as in so many others, "any" means "every."' For this reason, the Federal Circuit remanded [defendant's] appeal to the PTAB for issuance of a final decision regarding the patentability of claims 5 and 10. Consequently, the PTAB has yet to resolve the patentability of all challenged claims in the pending IPR proceeding, and the terms of the parties' stipulation have not been satisfied."

DermaFocus LLC v. Ulthera, Inc., 1-15-cv-00654 (DED June 7, 2018, Order) (Fallon, MJ)

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