Charter Comms. Loses Patent Dispute Over Broadcasting Technology

Law360, New York (August 24, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court’s decision on patent validity, vindicating a patent asserted by Illinois-based Broadcast Innovation LLC against cable company Charter Communications Inc.

The decision focused on what applicants must do to validate a patent’s priority date. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado applied a strict interpretation of U.S. Code in its August 2004 ruling, declaring the Broadcast patent invalid due to missing data on the face of the patent, despite that data...
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