Fed. Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Lacks Standing In PTAB Appeal

Law360 (August 3, 2018, 8:25 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled JTEKT Corp. doesn't have standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding part of a patent that the auto parts maker has said poses a risk to its development of a drivetrain product.

The appeals court, in a precedential opinion, dismissed an appeal that JTEKT filed after the PTAB decided in inter partes review that certain claims in a patent owned by rival GKN Automotive Ltd. were not invalid. The patent covers a type of drivetrain for a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The Federal Circuit said JTEKT had not shown there is a...

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