Precedential and informative decisions

All PTAB precedential and informative decisions organized by subject matter are presented in the expandable table below.   Archived decisions include those decisions that are not pertinent to or less pertinent to current PTAB practice.  Links to alphabetical lists of the precedential and informative decisions are available at the bottom of this page.  PTAB has retired the Excel workbooks that formerly contained all PTAB precedential and informative decisions.

A precedential decision establishes binding authority concerning major policy or procedural issues, or other issues of exceptional importance, including constitutional questions, important issues regarding statutes, rules, and regulations, important issues regarding case law, or issues of broad applicability to the Board.  Standard Operating Procedure 2, 2-3, 11.

An informative decision provides Board norms on recurring issues, guidance on issues of first impression to the Board, guidance on Board rules and practices, and guidance on issues that may develop through analysis of recurring issues in many cases.  Standard Operating Procedure 2, 9.

* Recently designated decisions appear in the “Recently designated decisions” section of the expandable table and are identified in the appropriate subject matter section(s) with the label NEW