The Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC (No. 16-712) has the potential to dramatically change Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practice and the patent system as a whole. In Oil States, the Court will determine whether inter partes review (IPR) is constitutional under Article III and the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But the case is more complex than a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down on constitutionality. Through the Justice's comments and questions at oral argument, they revealed a host of concerns that will continue to affect IPRs—even if the Court ultimately upholds them as constitutional.

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