PATENT OFFICE CATCHING UP ON PTAB APPEALS

Although the length of time that PTAB appeals are pending has only gone down slightly over the last three years, the number of new appeals has steadily declined.  This seems to be the case for both inter-partes and ex-parte appeals.

It’s not clear why that has happened.  One theory is that the relatively lower cost of IPRs and other appeals has made patent holders more likely to settle with a potential competitor – to avoid a relatively high chance of the patent rights being voided. 

Source: https://www.uspto.gov/dashboard/ptab/

Appeals inventory chart 1
Appeals Inventory chart 2