Avante’s Voting Machine Patents Declared Invalid

Law360, New York (February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal jury has invalidated the remaining two patents in a lawsuit brought by Avante International Technology Corp. over certain optical ballot scanning systems in electronic voting machines.

The jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri found on Feb. 9 that the claims of the patents were anticipated by prior art and were obvious.

Avante had also asserted a third patent against Premier Election Solutions Inc., Sequoia Voting Systems and Election Systems & Software Inc., but it was dismissed from the...
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