Fed. Circuit Reviews Standard For Abandoned Patents

Law360 (June 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court is taking a closer look at a lower court ruling that concluded the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should not have applied the "unintentional" standard when it revived electronic game maker Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.’s abandoned patent application for slot machine games.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday.

Aristocrat appealed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s July 2007 decision, which rendered Aristocrat’s patents invalid based on an improperly revived...
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