'Burying' USPTO Under Docs Isn't Inequitable Conduct: Judge

Law360, New York (January 28, 2013, 6:33 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge last week threw out most of Qualcomm Inc.'s inequitable conduct defenses in a circuit patent suit by ParkerVision Inc., finding that alleging an applicant "buried" the patent office with documents cannot give rise to an inequitable conduct claim.

After ParkerVision filed claims alleging infringement of six patents covering integrated circuits used in cellphones and mobile devices, Qualcomm launched counterclaims alleging that the patents were unenforceable because of misconduct by the inventor during the application process.

Qualcomm claimed that inventor David Sorrells "buried"...
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