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PTAB: ”2018 could have lowest petition filing rate in five years.”

USA. 2018 is on its way to having the lowest petition filing rate in five years while Q3 2018 is the highest since Q2 2017, says PTAB.

New numbers from the PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO - United States Patent and Trademark Office) show that 424 petitions were filed between 1 July and 30 September 2018, which is an increase from 406 in Q2 and 411 in Q1.

This is however still below the 467 petitions in Q2 2017 and the record number of petitions of 566 in Q1 of the same year.

If the filing rate remains the same for the rest of 2018, it could be the lowest since 2013.