Fed. Circ. Seems Likely To Revive Plantronics' Earbud IP Suit

Law360, Washington (April 2, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT) -- During oral arguments Tuesday, a Federal Circuit panel questioned a lower court's decision to narrow Plantronics Inc.'s Bluetooth earbud patents and toss its infringement suit against rival electronics company Aliph Inc. before trial, suggesting it might revive the case.

The appeals judges told the companies they couldn't see how Plantronics' invention could be considered unpatentable in the eyes of the court. A California federal court had determined that the patent, which covers an in-ear receiver and a support system that uses the ear's anatomy to keep...
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