Nix Patterson, LLP

December 7, 2017


On December 7, 2017, the online blog IPWatchdog featured an article by NPR partner Derek Gilliland regarding tribal sovereign immunity before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

Continuing its support of Native American tribes, Nix, Patterson & Roach worked with several legal scholars to file an amicus brief on behalf of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe in an inter-partes review proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.  This was the first time the PTAB allowed amicus briefing.  The NPR brief argued that tribal sovereign immunity prevents the PTAB from proceeding with an IPR that is owned by a tribe.  NPR was grateful for the opportunity to work with the scholars including Professors Laurence Tribe, William Eskridge, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joseph Singer, and David Orozco, and attorney Jonathan Massey.

The amicus in support of Native American rights was drafted with the assistance of NPR partner Derek Gilliland. The IPWatchdog article can be viewed below: