The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a final rule today that will amend the rules of practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to formalize the existing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP4) governing circulation and internal review of PTAB decisions. In October 2023, the Office issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that aimed to “promote consistent, clear, and open decision-making processes while protecting judicial independence and increasing transparency of USPTO processes.”

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