Fed. Circ. Set To Probe Limits Of Re-Exam Evidence

Law360, New York (April 4, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT) -- The question of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can accept evidence from third-party requesters during inter partes re-examinations will be before the Federal Circuit on Friday in a case over a beverage can carton patent that The Coca-Cola Co. and others are accused of infringing.

The appeals court will hear oral arguments in an appeal of a Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences ruling that invalidated a patent held by inventor C. Brown Lingamfelter. The re-examination was requested by two companies that supply packaging...
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