A latest report from the Authorities Accountability Workplace confirmed an amazing majority of Patent Trial and Attraction Board (PTAB) judges really feel their independence is being threatened by political appointees.

The report comes after calls from congress to evaluation the executive court docket’s transparency within the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s resolution in United States v. Arthrex. That ruling discovered the PTO director has ultimate say over PTAB selections as a result of the director is the company’s solely presidentially appointed principal officer.

Watchdog: Most PTAB Judges Worry Independence Threatened by Political Appointees Katherine Vidal testifies earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Credit score Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)