Included here are PTAB FOIA information and procedures.

These downloadable documents were obtained by US Inventor from public records and/or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The the information relates to operations of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).


FOIA Requests

FOIA Request F-21-00090 and appeal A-21-00001 — PTO’s PTAB bonus approval request from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management
US Inventor’s FOIA request F-21-00090 (April 6, 2021)
The PTO’s Final denial letter for FOIA request F-21-00090 (May 4, 2021)
US Inventor’s Appeal A-21-000001 (May 25, 2021) & PTO’s acknowledgement letter (May 26, 2021)
The PTO’s Denial of Appeal A-21-000001 (June 22, 2021)

FOIA Request F-21-00011 – Performance Appraisal Plans (PAP) for PTO & PTAB Executives
US Inventor FOIA Request F-21-00011 (October 8, 2020)
The PTO’s cover letter for FOIA request F-21-00011
Chief APJ PAP (FY 2016)
Deputy Chief APJ PAP (FY 2018)
Vice Chief APJ PAP (FY 2017)

FOIA Request F-19-00277 and appeal A-20-00001 — compensation and production expectancies for PTAB APJs
US Inventor’s FOIA request F-19-00277 (Sep. 16, 2019)
The PTO’s cover letter for FOIA request F-19-00277 (Nov 4, 2019)
Performance Appraisal Plans (PAP) for PTAB APJs
APJ PAP (FY 2018)
Lead APJ PAP (FY 2018)
Production expectancies for PTAB APJs
Several PTAB Standard Operating Procedures
US Inventor’s Appeal A-20-000001 (Feb. 4, 2020)
Cover letter in response to appeal (Apr. 8, 2020)
Various documents relating to PTAB APJ compensation

FOIA request FOIA F-20-00065 — recruitment and hiring of PTAB APJs
The PTO’s cover letter for FOIA request F-20-00065 (Mar. 13, 2020)
Various documents relating to recruiting and hiring of PTAB APJs

PTAB Standard Operating Procedures

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 1: Assignment of APJs to
merits panels, motion panels, expanded panels

PTO PTAB SOP1 2009-02-12 rev 13
PTO PTAB SOP1 2015-05-08 rev 14
PTO PTAB SOP1 2018-09-20 rev 15

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 2: Publication of Opinions;
Designation and De-Designation as Precedential, Informative,
Routine; Precedential Opinion Panel

PTO PTAB SOP2 2000-03-29 rev 4
PTO PTAB SOP2 2005-08-10 rev 6
PTO PTAB SOP2 2007-01-23 OG Notice announcing publication
PTO PTAB SOP2 2008-03-23 Rev 7
PTO PTAB SOP2 2013-08-12 Rev 8
PTO PTAB SOP2 2014-09-22 Rev 9
PTO PTAB SOP2 2018-09-20 Rev 10

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 3: Processing Procedures for
Ex parte Appeals

PTO PTAB SOP3 2006-12-07 Rev 0
PTO PTAB SOP3 2009-06-16 Rev 1
PTO PTAB SOP3 2010-03-30 Rev 2 (interim)

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 4: Standards for Opinions in
Appeal Decisions

PTO PTAB SOP4 2006-12-07 Rev 0
PTO PTAB SOP4 2007-10-01 Rev 0.1
PTO PTAB SOP4 2007-11-15 Rev 0.2
PTO PTAB SOP4 2009-11-12 Rev 1
PTO PTAB SOP4 2010-06-30 Rev 2
PTO PTAB SOP4 2011 Rev 3
PTO PTAB SOP4 2014-05-30 Rev 5.0
PTO PTAB SOP4 2014-09-30 Rev 5.2

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 7: Designation as Board
Decisions-Orders as Informative

PTO PTAB SOP7 2007-07-23

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 8: Assignment of APJs to Ex
Parte Merits Panels

PTO PTAB SOP8 2008-09-10 Rev 5.2s
PTO PTAB SOP8 2009-01-07

PTAB Standard Operating Procedure 9: Procedure for Decisions
Remanded from the Federal Circuit

PTO PTAB SOP9 2017-11-09 rev 1