Appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) oversees the statutory actions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB. The PTAB is responsible for “appeals from adverse examiner decisions, post-issuance challenges to patents, and interferences” regarding patents. Appeals to this board can be cumbersome and confusing, particularly if Fort Worth patent holders or patent hopefuls are unfamiliar with the process. But the attorneys of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. may be able to help you through the appeals process and get the patent protection that you need for your product or idea.
General Process of Appeals
The USPTO describes the appeals process for the PTAB in the following way:
- Notice of Appeal + Fee
- Appeal Brief
- Examiner’s Answer
- Appeal Brief Forwarding Fee (+reply brief + optional request for oral hearing/fee)
- Decision by Board (+oral hearing if requested)
- Completion of Appeal Process (or request for rehearing)
This process can seem overwhelming, but an experienced intellectual property attorney in Fort Worth can help guide you through each step and work to best prepare your case for the appeals process.
Contact an Intellectual Property Attorney in Fort Worth
If you or someone you know is facing an appeal with PTAB, and you have questions about your legal options and position, then an experienced intellectual property lawyer can help. Talk with those at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. by calling our Fort Worth offices today at (214) 317-4448, and learn more about how we can help you through the appeals process.