Following review of more than 4,300 comments, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) today that makes changes to the processes governing internal pre-issuance circulation and review of decisions within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The stated goal of the policy change is to “promote consistent, clear, and open decision-making processes while protecting judicial independence and increasing transparency of USPTO processes.”

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