Fed. Circ. Finds Power Wheelchair Patents Mostly Invalid

Law360, New York (April 5, 2016, 11:03 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that all but one claim in two Pride Mobility Products Corp. wheelchair patents are invalid, largely upholding a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that said the inventions were obvious.

Pride Mobility, which had sued a rival power wheelchair maker for infringement, appealed after the PTAB invalidated every claim in the two patents, which cover wheelchairs that are designed to travel more easily over obstacles.

Three judges on the Federal Circuit panel overturned the board’s ruling with respect to a single claim in one of the patents. As for the rest, the appeals court said the...

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