Fed. Circ. Calls Applied Materials' Polishing Patents Obvious

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit said Wednesday that four of Applied Materials Inc.'s patents for polishing pads used in the process of making integrated circuits were obvious based on prior inventions, upholding an earlier ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Writing for the appeals panels' 2-1 majority, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Linn said the USPTO presented “substantial evidence” to back a re-examination ruling that Applied Materials' patents were obvious based on prior art. The court's majority held that the patents included design specifications that someone of...
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