PTAB Upholds Kohler Shower Bar Patent In Moen Dispute

Law360 (August 13, 2019, 9:15 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday upheld a Kohler Co. patent covering a shower system that is at the center of the company’s infringement fight with Moen, a rival maker of bathroom fixtures.

The PTAB, in a final decision, said Moen Inc. had not shown the challenged patent claims would have been obvious based on previous inventions. Moen had asked the PTAB to review the patent in inter partes review after the company was accused of infringement in 2018.

“We determine that petitioner has not adequately established reasons that it would have been obvious for a person of ordinary...

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