Extension of the Motion To Amend Pilot Program in Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 51656 [2021-20037]

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The program also provides timelines for briefing to accommodate these options. DATES: Effective Date: September 16, 2021. Duration: The MTA Pilot Program SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Sep 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 will run until September 16, 2022. The USPTO may extend the MTA Pilot Program (with or without modification) on either a temporary or a permanent basis, or may discontinue the program after that date. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Kaiser, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, or Michelle Ankenbrand, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, by telephone at 571–272–9797. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A patent owner in an America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceeding may file an MTA as a matter of right. See 35 U.S.C. 316(d)(1), 326(d)(1). After receiving feedback from the public about the PTAB’s MTA practice, including some concerns regarding the grant rate of claim amendments in AIA trial proceedings, in October 2018 the USPTO published a Request for Comments in the Federal Register seeking written public comments on a proposed amendment process in AIA trials that would involve preliminary guidance from the PTAB on the merits of an MTA and an opportunity for a patent owner to file a revised MTA (Request for Comments on Motion To Amend Practice and Procedures in Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 83 FR 54319 (Oct. 29, 2018)). The majority of comments supported the PTAB issuing a preliminary decision in cases involving an MTA, and commenters were almost evenly mixed in supporting or opposing a revised MTA. On March 15, 2019, in response to the stakeholder comments received, the USPTO issued a notice detailing the MTA Pilot Program (Notice Regarding a New Pilot Program Concerning Motion To Amend Practice and Procedures in Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 84 FR 9497 (Mar. 15, 2019)). The MTA Pilot Program provides a patent owner with two options not previously available: (1) A patent owner may choose to receive preliminary guidance from the PTAB on its MTA, and/or (2) A patent owner may choose to file a revised MTA after receiving the petitioner’s opposition to the original MTA and/or after receiving the PTAB’s preliminary guidance (if requested). If a patent owner does not elect either the option to receive preliminary guidance or the option to file a revised MTA, AIA trial practice, including MTA practice, is essentially unchanged from the practice prior to the MTA Pilot Program. The USPTO has presented preliminary results of the MTA Pilot Program and continues to track data related to MTAs. The most recent PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information and statistics related to MTAs are available on the USPTO’s website at www.uspto.gov/patents/ptab/ motions-amend-study. Based on the preliminary results of the MTA Pilot Program, the USPTO has decided to extend it. The program is hereby extended through September 16, 2022. The USPTO may extend the MTA Pilot Program (with or without modification) on either a temporary or a permanent basis, or may discontinue the program after that date. The requirements for the MTA Pilot Program remain as set forth in the original notice, without modification at this time. Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No.: PTO-P-2021-0042]


Extension of the Motion To Amend Pilot Program in Trial 
Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and 
Appeal Board

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is 
extending the Motion to Amend (MTA) Pilot Program, which was initiated 
on March 15, 2019, and provides additional options for a patent owner 
who files an MTA before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In 
particular, the MTA Pilot Program provides a patent owner who files an 
MTA with options to request preliminary guidance from the PTAB on the 
MTA and to file a revised MTA. The program also provides timelines for 
briefing to accommodate these options.

DATES: Effective Date: September 16, 2021. Duration: The MTA Pilot 
Program will run until September 16, 2022. The USPTO may extend the MTA 
Pilot Program (with or without modification) on either a temporary or a 
permanent basis, or may discontinue the program after that date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Kaiser, Lead Administrative 
Patent Judge, or Michelle Ankenbrand, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, 
by telephone at 571-272-9797.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A patent owner in an America Invents Act 
(AIA) trial proceeding may file an MTA as a matter of right. See 35 
U.S.C. 316(d)(1), 326(d)(1). After receiving feedback from the public 
about the PTAB's MTA practice, including some concerns regarding the 
grant rate of claim amendments in AIA trial proceedings, in October 
2018 the USPTO published a Request for Comments in the Federal Register 
seeking written public comments on a proposed amendment process in AIA 
trials that would involve preliminary guidance from the PTAB on the 
merits of an MTA and an opportunity for a patent owner to file a 
revised MTA (Request for Comments on Motion To Amend Practice and 
Procedures in Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before 
the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 83 FR 54319 (Oct. 29, 2018)). The 
majority of comments supported the PTAB issuing a preliminary decision 
in cases involving an MTA, and commenters were almost evenly mixed in 
supporting or opposing a revised MTA. On March 15, 2019, in response to 
the stakeholder comments received, the USPTO issued a notice detailing 
the MTA Pilot Program (Notice Regarding a New Pilot Program Concerning 
Motion To Amend Practice and Procedures in Trial Proceedings Under the 
America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 84 FR 
9497 (Mar. 15, 2019)).
    The MTA Pilot Program provides a patent owner with two options not 
previously available: (1) A patent owner may choose to receive 
preliminary guidance from the PTAB on its MTA, and/or (2) A patent 
owner may choose to file a revised MTA after receiving the petitioner's 
opposition to the original MTA and/or after receiving the PTAB's 
preliminary guidance (if requested). If a patent owner does not elect 
either the option to receive preliminary guidance or the option to file 
a revised MTA, AIA trial practice, including MTA practice, is 
essentially unchanged from the practice prior to the MTA Pilot Program.
    The USPTO has presented preliminary results of the MTA Pilot 
Program and continues to track data related to MTAs. The most recent 
information and statistics related to MTAs are available on the USPTO's 
website at www.uspto.gov/patents/ptab/motions-amend-study.
    Based on the preliminary results of the MTA Pilot Program, the 
USPTO has decided to extend it. The program is hereby extended through 
September 16, 2022. The USPTO may extend the MTA Pilot Program (with or 
without modification) on either a temporary or a permanent basis, or 
may discontinue the program after that date.
    The requirements for the MTA Pilot Program remain as set forth in 
the original notice, without modification at this time.

Andrew Hirshfeld,
Commissioner for Patents, Performing the Functions and Duties of the 
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2021-20037 Filed 9-15-21; 8:45 am]
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