In latest upheaval, Supreme Court targets Patent Office trials

Upheaval continues to roil the patent world, and this time, the entire edifice of administrative trials over patent validity is the Supreme Court’s latest target.

Hot on the heels of significantly restricting the geographic scope of patent suits, the high court agreed last week to grant certiorari to a petition challenging the very notion of inter partes reviews, the most prominent type of Patent and Trademark Office trial.

As I’ve explained several times in this space, these administrative proceedings were created by the landmark 2011 America Invents Act as a fast, cheap way to stamp...