Law360 (February 3, 2020, 11:25 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office waded into a dispute between Apple and Voip-Pal.com Inc. on Monday, defending two Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that Apple claims should be thrown out because they were the product of a "campaign of intimidation" by Voip-Pal.
The USPTO argued that there was nothing improper about the PTAB's rulings in 2017 upholding Voip-Pal's call-routing patents.
Even though Voip-Pal Chairman and CEO Thomas Sawyer had engaged in "impermissible" communications with the board, the board took the proper recourse by offering a rehearing when Sawyer's letters came to light, the government argued.
"This sanction gave Apple...
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