PTAB To Review IBM Patent Despite $57M Groupon Case

Law360 (January 15, 2019, 8:39 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review an IBM Corp. e-commerce patent challenged by a group of travel websites, rejecting Tuesday the argument that it should deny the petition in light of a recent jury verdict against Groupon Inc. in a $57 million infringement dispute.

The board's decision to institute inter partes review comes six months after a Delaware federal jury found Groupon infringed the patent and three others belonging to IBM. Jurors, who decided Groupon had not shown the patent was invalid, awarded IBM more than $82 million.

The case was later settled for $57 million.

While the PTAB...

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