Avante Voting Machine Patents Invalid: Magistrate

Law360, New York (March 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal magistrate judge has concurred with a jury verdict that two voting machine patents owned by Avante International Technology Corp. are invalid due to obviousness, but he declined to rule that the company engaged in inequitable conduct.

In upholding a jury verdict from last month, Magistrate Judge Thomas C. Mummert III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri agreed with defendants Premier Election Solutions Inc. and Sequoia Voting Systems that the claims of the two patents were obvious and anticipated by...
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