Schindler Unit's Elevator Patent Scrapped By Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (November 27, 2012, 3:55 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday overturned a jury's verdict that Otis Elevator Co. had infringed a patent for elevator control systems owned by Schindler Elevator Corp. unit Inventio AG, declaring the design obvious and invalid.

Inventio's patent covered the use of radio frequency identification technology to quickly assign elevators to take passengers to specific floor destinations. But the company's system is just an obvious combination of preexisting technologies, the appeals court said.

A July 2011 jury verdict that found Inventio's system to be novel and that Otis had unlawfully copied it “lacks substantial evidentiary support,” the panel said.

“Rather than a...

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