Patent Re-Exam Appeals Belong In Fed. Circ., Judge Says

Law360, New York (March 7, 2012, 4:21 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge ruled as a matter of first impression on Monday that under the American Inventors Protection Act, patent owners' appeals of ex parte re-examination decisions may be brought only in the Federal Circuit.

Teles AG and Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH lodged their suit in the District of Columbia challenging an adverse finding in an ex parte re-examination by the the Board of Patent Appeals and Interference of their patent covering a switching apparatus for routing telephone calls.

U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell...
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