I attended the 14th annual Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute at the beginning of June. An interesting addition to this year’s Institute was the panel of PTAB personnel, including the following:

  • Nathan Kelley, PTO Solicitor and former Acting Chief Administrative Patent Judge
  • Patrick Bucher, Administrative Patent Judge
  • Melissa Haapala, Administrative Patent Judge
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Bifurcation of liability and damages — perhaps even trifurcation of infringement, invalidity/inequitable conduct, and damages — may be coming back as a common case control tool of district courts, as well as a cost-containment tool for retailers, and defendants generally.  In Bosch v. Pylon Manufacturing, Slip Op. (Fed. Cir. June 18, 2013), the Federal