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PTAB Denies Hard Drive Part Patent Review Over Trial

Law360 (September 13, 2018, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Wednesday it would not review an Intri-Plex Technologies Inc. patent related to a component in hard drive disks, taking note of a looming infringement trial against the challenger, NHK Spring Co. Ltd.

Declining to institute inter partes review, the PTAB noted Intri-Plex’s infringement case against NHK is scheduled to begin trial in California federal court in March 2019, several months before the board would make a final decision. NHK made the same invalidity arguments at the PTAB as it...
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