The Board authorized third party (Apple) to file its Motion for Joinder in ongoing inter partes reviews along with its petitions for inter partes review. The Patent Owner (Softview) and the Petitioner (Kyocera) were provided an opportunity to file opposition. The Board had previously stayed Apple-initiated reexamination proceedings concerning the patent involved in these inter partes reviews.
The decision to grant joinder is discretionary. The “Motion for Joinder must explain the reasons why joinder is appropriate, identify any new ground of unpatentability being raised . . . and explain how the impact on the schedule and costs of the current proceedings will be minimized.”download case