PTAB To Review Unified Challenge To Cell Signal Tech Patent

Law360 (January 9, 2019, 7:43 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review a patent on cellphone signal-boosting technology challenged by defensive patent group Unified Patents Inc., according to a decision made public Tuesday, rejecting arguments that accused infringers Samsung and Verizon were interested parties not named in Unified's petition.

The PTAB’s decision, under seal since Dec. 7, said there was no evidence Unified filed for inter partes review at the request of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. or Verizon Wireless. The patent owner, Barkan Wireless IP Holdings LP, has accused both companies of infringement and speculated they are members of Unified.

“Although Samsung and Verizon may...

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