Austin Steelman

Austin Steelman counsels clients in patent litigation. During law school, Austin worked on litigation matters as a Wolf Greenfield summer associate. Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Austin was a legal intern at the US Department of Energy’s Office of Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, where he worked on legal issues regarding patent rights and royalty sharing.

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Who Knows Whether Something Is a "Printed Publication?" The PTAB Knows!

Posted by Austin Steelman on May 12, 2017

As one of the key phrases in both the pre- and post-AIA versions of § 102, what constitutes a prior art “printed publication” is a significant question in many patent validity challenges. The Federal Circuit has wrestled with the question since the court was created in 1982. However, despite its much shorter history, the PTAB likely has issued more decisions addressing this question than any other forum. Given the volume of guidance from the PTAB, petitioners who ignore what the PTAB thinks a printed publication is do so at their own peril.

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