Scheme Nickname: 
Patent Hearings

This scheme allows for review of patent claims before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 
Ex Parte Appeals: After a patent examiner twice rejects at least one claim in a patent application (or ex parte reexamination), a patent applicant (or patent owner) can take an ex parte appeal to the Board. At the Board, a panel of 3 hearing officers ("administrative patent judges") decided whether to affirm, affirm-in-part, or reverse the examiner's rejections. AIA trials (types IPR, CBM, PGR, DER): After the USPTO grants a patent, a petitioner may challenge the patentability of any claims in the patent by filing a petition. If the petition is granted, a trial is instituted. Once the trial commences, it must be decided within 1 year from institution.
Types of Adjudication: 
Type B
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