Hard Drive Patent Survives AIA Review In Rare Total Victory

Law360, New York (March 24, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday ruled that a company challenging a patent for a ring in a computer hard drive had not proved it was invalid as obvious, marking a fairly rare instance of a patent completely surviving an America Invents Act review.

The PTAB found that although Intri-Plex Technologies Inc. had shown it could demonstrate invalidity enough for the PTAB to grant inter partes review, the outcome of the IPR proceedings demonstrated that Intri-Plex couldn't show that previous inventions invalidated Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Rencol Ltd.'s patent as obvious.

"After considering the evidence and arguments of counsel and...

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