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USPTO Announces Pilot Program Related to Motions to Amend in PTAB Trials

By Kevin E. Noonan — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today announced a new pilot program relating to motions to amend in post-grant review proceedings (post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business methods reviews) under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. As set forth in the announcement: The pilot program provides patent owners with two options not previously available. The first option is that a patent owner may choose to receive preliminary guidance from the Board on its motion to amend. The second option is that a patent owner may choose to file a revised motion to amend after…

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