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PGR

A Post Grant Review (PGR) is a trial proceeding conducted at the PTAB, in which a party contests that an issued patent is invalid on any grounds that were a condition for patentability, including §102§103, §112. A PGR must be initiated within 9 months of the grant of a patent.

Plant Patent

A plant patent is issued for a new and distinct, invented or discovered asexually reproduced plant, other than a tuber propagated plant or one found in an uncultivated state. A plant patent lasts for a period of 20 years from the date of filing.

PTAB

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is an administrative body operating under the USPTO. The PTAB includes two divisions, including: (1) the Appeals Division, which reviews appeals from patent examiner rejections of pending applications; and (2) the Trial Division handles post-grant review cases in Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR), Covered Business Methods (CBM), as well as Deriviation Proceedings.