1st Inter Partes Ruling To Draw More Fights To USPTO

Law360, New York (November 15, 2013, 7:54 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's first-ever inter partes review decision shows the office will be receptive to invalidity theories that don't always fly in district court, making the new procedure a potent and sought-after way for companies accused of infringement to nix patents, attorneys say.

The USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday invalidated several claims of Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC's speed limit alert patent, which Garmin International Inc. had challenged after being accused of infringement.

The board has so far issued only two...
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