Revisions Following 2018 Ruling Don't Doom IPRs, Panel Says

By Ryan Davis (March 12, 2019, 9:01 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday partly invalidated a pedometer patent owned by a licensing firm founded by ex-partners of major law firms, rejecting an argument that the reviews should be tossed because they were modified following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In a pair of inter partes reviews, the PTAB said it acted within its authority when it added additional claims and grounds to the reviews of Blackbird Technologies LLC's patent initiated by Fitbit and others after the high court held last year that the board cannot institute review of patents on fewer than all the claims that...

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