Sanctions for Abuse of Process

Hedge funds and their affiliates are now free to heckle patent owners with IPR petitions, regardless of their admitted “profit motive.” On September 25, 2015, an expanded six-judge panel of the PTAB denied Celgene’s Motion for Sanctions against the Coalition For Affordable Drugs (CFAD).  Celgene had requested dismissal of five IPR petitions filed by CFAD because the petitions represent a misuse of inter partes reviews as an investment strategy and were “an ongoing abuse of the inter partes review process that will be an unwarranted burden on the Board, and innovators like Patent Owner.”
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