This case will determine whether sovereign immunity can be used to shield a patent from inter partes review (IPR). By allowing the PTO to review its earlier decision to grant a patent, IPR provides a crucial tool to fight the kind of poor quality patents often used in abusive litigation. CCIA and others believe sovereign immunity does not apply to this kind of review.
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