CORRECTED: PTAB Ends Food Patent Review After Legal Invoice Snafu

Law360, Los Angeles (February 12, 2015, 10:15 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has terminated inter partes review of five food bottling patents after finding that petitioner GEA Process Engineering Inc.'s invoices for the legal costs of the review were charged to a sister company that wasn't listed as a party.

Patent owner Steuben Foods Inc. had contended that leaving GEA's Italian sister GEA Procomac SpA off of the petition while it was involved enough to pay legal bills for work done by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP on the review triggered a jurisdictional problem, according to a December decision released in partially redacted form Wednesday. GEA had...

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