Takeaway: The filing of an appropriate notice concerning a related proceeding requires prior Board authorization and is not a briefing opportunity to advocate a desired conclusion in the matters pending before the Board.
In its Order, the Board expunged the parties’ Supplemental Mandatory Notices as constituting unauthorized papers. The Board further scheduled a joint conference call “to discuss the matter of mandatory notices as they pertain to a related proceeding.” Continue reading
Takeaway: Merely suggesting a range of possible implementations without clearly demonstrating specific differences between the art and the claims and how and why one of ordinary skill would have bridged them does not render one implementation obvious in view of another.
In its Decision, the Board denied institution of inter partes review (IPR) of claims 1-5, 8, 9, 15-19, 22, 23, 26-30, 33, and 34 of the ’053 patent. The ’053 patent relates to digital rights management (DRM). In particular, it addresses the problem of downstream distribution by providing “meta-rights” that have the ability to create other user rights. Continue reading