USPTO Sets High Bar For Amending Claims In AIA Reviews

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 7:30 PM EST) -- In what is believed to be the second decision on the merits in an inter partes review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidated a Bergstrom Inc. air conditioning patent Tuesday and set rules making it tough to amend patent claims in the new proceedings.

In a win for Idle Free Systems Inc., which sought review of the patent after Bergstrom accused it of infringement, the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board held that all of claims of the patent are invalid as anticipated or obvious....
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