Split Fed. Circ. Revives SynQor's Converter Patent

Law360 (February 22, 2021, 7:18 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday overturned the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's ruling that struck down claims of a SynQor Inc. power converter patent for being obvious, with the majority finding that the board's earlier decisions involving the same prior art precluded that holding.

In a precedential split decision, the majority of a three-judge panel vacated the PTAB's decision finding that several claims in SynQor's patent were invalid as obvious in inter partes reexamination, which had been requested by rival Vicor Corp. amid the companies' patent fight.

The PTAB had ruled that an ordinarily skilled person would have been motivated to...

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