872 F.3d 1290 (2017)

AQUA PRODUCTS, INC., Appellant v. Joseph MATAL, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent And Trademark Office, Intervenor.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Decided: October 4, 2017.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

JAMES R. BARNEY , Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC, argued for appellant. Also represented by TIMOTHY P. McANULTY , DAVID MROZ ; ANTHONY A. COPPOLA , ANTHONY J. DIFILIPPI , JEFFREY A. SCHWAB , Abelman Frayne & Schwab, New York, NY.

NATHAN K. KELLEY , Office of the Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA, argued for intervenor. Also represented by FARHEENA YASMEEN RASHEED , MEREDITH HOPE SCHOENFELD , SCOTT WEIDENFELLER ; MARK R. FREEMAN , Appellate Staff, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

GREGORY A. CASTANIAS , Jones Day, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae Intellectual Property Owners Association. Also represented by DAVID B. COCHRAN , Cleveland, OH; JOHN MARLOTT , Chicago, IL; JACLYN STAHL , Irvine, CA; MARK W. LAUROESCH , Intellectual Property Owners Association, Washington, DC; STEVEN W. MILLER , Global Legal Department, Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH; KEVIN H. RHODES , 3M Innovative Properties Company, St. Paul, MN.

BRYAN A. SCHWARTZ , Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Cleveland, OH, for amici curiae Case Western Reserve University School of Law Intellectual Property Venture Clinic, The Ohio Venture Association. Also represented by STEVEN M. AUVIL ; TIMOTHY J. O'HEARN , Shaker Heights, OH.

JAMES H. HALL , Blank Rome LLP, Houston, TX, for amicus curiae Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

JAMES EDWARD TYSSE , Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Also represented by DIANNE B. ELDERKIN , Philadelphia, PA; DAVID EVAN KORN , Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America, Washington, DC.

HANSJORG SAUER , Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Also represented by Q. TODD DICKINSON , Polsinelli PC, Washington, DC; COLBY BRIAN SPRINGER , San Francisco, CA.

PETER J. AYERS , Law Office of Peter J. Ayers, Austin, TX, for amicus curiae American Intellectual Property Law Association. Also represented by DAVID R. TODD , Workman Nydegger, Salt Lake City, UT; MARK L. WHITAKER , Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC.

KEVIN J. CULLIGAN , Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC, New York, NY, for amicus curiae Askeladden, L.L.C. Also represented by JOHN P. HANISH .

JOHN THORNE , Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C., Washington, DC, for amici curiae The Internet Association, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Dell Inc., Garmin International, Inc., Intel Corporation, Red Hat, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SAP America, Inc., SAS Institute, Inc., Software & Information Industry Association, Symmetry LLC, VIZIO, Inc. Also represented by JOSHUA D. BRANSON . Amicus curiae Intel Corporation also represented by Matthew John Hult , Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA.

Opinion dissenting from the judgment filed by Circuit Judge Hughes, in which Circuit Judge Chen joins.

In this appeal, we consider the proper allocation of the burden of proof when amended claims are proffered during inter partes review proceedings ("IPRs") under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA"), Pub. L. No. 112-29, § 6(a)-(c), 125 Stat. 284-341 (2011) (provisions...

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