USPTO Wins Dismissal Of Disclosure Violation Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (June 2, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Thursday dismissed inventor Gilbert Hyatt's suit against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking to stop the agency from releasing allegedly confidential information about his applications, ruling the court did not have authority to review the office's decision.

Hyatt, who has at least 75 issued patents, has another 399 pending applications filed before 1996 with an estimated 45,000 independent claims and 115,000 total claims, one of the largest claims sets the USPTO has ever seen. The applications also claim priority to overlapping applications dating back to the 1970s, and some are parents themselves to later applications....

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