Under 35 U.S.C. § 316(a)(11), the PTAB should issue its final written decision in an inter partes review “not later than 1 year after the date on which the Director notices the institution of a review under this chapter,” except that the one-year period may be extended “by not more than 6 months” for good cause shown, or “adjust[ed]… in the case of joinder under section 315(c).”  See also 37 C.F.R. § 42.100(c) (“An inter partes review proceeding shall be administered such that pendency before the Board after institution is normally no more than one year.  The time can be extended by up to six months for good cause by the Chief Administrative Patent Judge, or adjusted by the Board in the case of joinder.”).

In IPR2016-00286 (Amerigen Pharms. Ltd. v. Janssen Oncology, Inc.), Amerigen challenged the patentability of U.S. Patent No. 8,822,438, directed to methods of treating prostate cancer.  The PTAB issued its notice of institution on 5/31/2016, and joined Argentum to the IPR on 9/19/2016.  The PTAB held oral argument on 2/16/2017, and its final written decision issued on 1/17/2018.  Thus, the final written decision issued 19 months and 17 days after the notice of institution, and 15 months and 29 days after joinder. Continue Reading PTAB May Wait Longer Than 12 Months To Issue Final Written Decisions In Cases of Joinder