COSTA MESA, CALIF.—In 2018, the number of American Invents Act review petitions received by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board fell to a four-year low. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Brent Babcock discussed these developments with Law360, saying he believes the trend reflects the general trend in patent litigation.

The number of AIA review petitions filed with the PTAB in 2018 fell to 1, 718, a four percent decrease from the previous year. Babcock said the filings mirror a decline in patent litigation at the district court level.

“Because patent litigation is declining overall, that is to me a strong indicator that PTAB filings are going to be declining,” Babcock tells Law360. In all, the number of patent cases filed in district courts in 2018 fell to the lowest level since 2011.

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Brent Babcock represents high-technology clients in every aspect of intellectual property disputes, focusing on federal district court litigation throughout the country, trials and post-grant patent proceedings before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings, including domestic and international arbitrations. His practice also includes pre-litigation counseling, pre-interference and post-grant proceeding consulting, and appellate briefing and oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.