Fed. Circ. Affirms BP Loss In Review Of Acid Patent

By Kevin Penton (May 11, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a determination by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board that the asserted claims of a BP patent covering an acid used as an ingredient for making packaging containers are obvious based on prior art.

The appellate court panel's one-sentence order did not explain its rationale for affirming the board's February 2017 decision not to rehear its November 2013 determination. In an inter partes re-examination, the board had found that a combination of a patent specification and a patent that preceded BP Corp. North America Inc.'s patent would have made its asserted claims obvious.

The patent covers...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!