Fed. Circ. Says Airport Scanner IP Suits Must Target Gov't

Law360, New York (September 17, 2015, 8:41 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled on Thursday that patent suits over boarding pass scanners used at airports were wrongly filed against the companies like BAE Systems Inc. that sold the machines to the Transportation Security Administration and must instead be filed against the government itself.

The appeals court affirmed a Maryland federal judge's dismissal of patent infringement suits by Astornet Technologies Inc., which had unsuccessfully competed for the scanner contracts, against the companies that were awarded the contracts by the TSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The court said the suits were barred by a law that complaints...

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