Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp.

15-1944, 15-1945, 15-1946

Question(s) Presented

“Congress has prohibited the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from instituting inter partes review if the petition requesting that review is filed more than one year after the petitioner, real party in interest, or privy of the petitioner is served with a complaint for patent infringement. 35 U.S.C. § 315(b). Congress also provided that the Director’s determination ‘whether to institute an inter partes review under this section shall be final and nonappealable.’ Id. § 314(d). The question before us is whether the bar on judicial review of institution decisions in § 314(d) applies to timebar determinations made under § 315(b). In Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. v. Apple Inc., 803 F.3d 652, 658 (Fed. Cir. 2015), a panel of this court held in the affirmative that a § 315(b) time-bar determination is final and nonappealable under § 314(d). Today, the court revisits this question en banc.”


“We recognize the strong presumption in favor of judicial review of agency actions. To overcome this presumption, Congress must clearly and convincingly indicate its intent to prohibit judicial review. We find no clear and convincing indication of such congressional intent. We therefore hold that the time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable, overrule Achates’s contrary conclusion, and remand these cases to the panel for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”