Fintiv Factors: Institution Considerations In View Of Parallel Proceeding, PTAB Litigation Blog

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By creating the new precedential Fintiv factors, the PTAB provides guidance on what it will consider when deciding whether to deny institution of an IPR petition challenging patent claims that are also being litigated in a parallel proceeding.

The PTAB may not authorize the institution of an IPR unless it determines that the information in the petition and any response “show that there is a reasonable likelihood that the petitioner would prevail with respect to at least 1 of the claims challenged in the petition.” 35 U.S.C. § 314(a). But the PTAB has determined that it has discretion to deny an IPR even when there is such a “reasonable likelihood,” according to seven non-exhaustive factors set out in General PlasticGeneral Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, IPR2016-01357, Paper 19, § II.B.4.i (PTAB Sept. 6, 2017) (precedential).

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