“Redundant” is the new “Abstract”

There was a great quote in the dissent by Judge Reyna in the Shaw Industries Group, Inc. v. Automated Creel Systems, Inc. decision published today.

Judge Reyna quotes the Burlington Truck Lines case from the Supreme Court:

“Expert discretion is the lifeblood of the administrative process, but unless we make the requirements for administrative action strict and demanding, expertise, the strength of modern government, can become a monster which rules with no practical limits on its discretion.” Burlington Truck Lines, Inc. v. United States, 371 U.S. 156, 167 (1962) (internal quotation marks omitted).

Your natural inclination might be to think that Judge Reyna was referring to the PTO’s unbridled enthusiasm for declaring claims “abstract” without the citation of any evidence to substantiate such an assertion.  In this case, however, the issue was the redundancy doctrine and how it is applied in inter partes reviews.  Apparently, “redundant” is the new “abstract.”

You can read the opinion here: [Link].

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