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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.