USPTO Validates Bard Blood Vessel Patent In Blow To Gore

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday affirmed the validity of the blood vessel graft patent at the center C.R. Bard's long-running infringement case against W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.

The patent office wrapped up a re-examination that it launched in January — at the request of Gore — and intends to issue a certificate upholding the validity of all claims of Bard's U.S. Patent Number 6,436,135, according to court papers.

Bard first announced the news in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...
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