TSA Loses Patent Suit Over Airport Security Trays

Law360, New York (October 31, 2016, 3:48 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled against the Transportation Security Administration Friday in a patent infringement suit by SecurityPoint Holdings Inc. over trays used at airport security, finding that the agency failed to prove that the patent is obvious.

The government agency stipulated that it infringed the patent, which SecurityPoint alleges is used at over 400 airports nationwide, but argued that it was invalid as obvious. In a decision issued following a trial held last year, Senior Judge Eric G. Bruggink disagreed.

He noted that none of the government’s experts testified that it would obvious to combine prior art...

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