Virnetx Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., Appeal No. 2019-1671 (Fed. Cir., May 13, 2020).

Inter partes reexamination was a non-trial procedure that allowed third parties to participate in patent reexamination, and has now been replaced by inter partes and post-grant reviews. Inter partes reexaminations were conducted before a panel of examiners, and then subject to review by the PTAB in an appeal capacity. Here, Cisco and the Director of the USPTO sought rehearing of a decision that extended the Arthrex doctrine to inter partes reexaminations.
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The PTAB designated its termination decision in Infiltrator Water Technologies, LLC v. Presby Patent Trust, IPR2018-00224 (Paper 18)(entered October 1, 2018) as precedential on September 9, 2019, and its decision denying institution in Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Chrimar Systems, Inc., IPR2018-01511 (Paper 11)(entered January 31, 2019) as precedential on August 29, 2019.  These cases illustrate application of the Federal Circuit’s decision in Click-to-Call Technologies, LP v. Ingenio, Inc., 899 F.3d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2018), which held that 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) “unambiguously precludes the Director from instituting an IPR if the petition seeking institution is filed more than one year after the petitioner, real party in interest, or privy of the petitioner ‘is served with a complaint’ alleging patent infringement,” and that § 315(b) “does not contain any exceptions or exemptions for complaints . . . that are subsequently dismissed, with or without prejudice.”  Click-to-Call, 899 F.3d at 1330.

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