North Face Gets PTAB To Trim Jacket Material Patent

Law360 (May 31, 2019, 6:46 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated several claims from a Cocona Inc. jacket lining patent following a challenge from the company that owns The North Face brand.

Cocona's jacket lining covered by the patent the PTAB partly invalidated on Thursday. (Source: Cocona) VF Outdoor LLC had challenged 10 of the patent's 62 claims, and the board agreed on Thursday that eight of them were anticipated by prior art. However, the PTAB said two combinations of prior art didn't render those claims obvious.

For decades, a certain technology was used to make jackets "lighter, quieter and more compact and more...

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