Fed. Circ. Rules Refrigerated Truck Patent Claims Invalid

Law360, Los Angeles (October 30, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ruled that certain claims of FG Products Inc.'s patent for partitioning cargo areas in a refrigerated truck are invalid as obvious, saying the claimed invention is merely a combination of various prior art references.

A three-judge panel ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in reversing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner's rejection of more than two dozen claims of FG's U.S. Patent No. 7,214,017. The appeal board failed to consider a "wealth of well-documented knowledge" provided by...
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