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...
Stay ahead of the curve
In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.
Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!