Seirus Must Face Columbia RICO Suit Over PTAB 'Conspiracy'

Law360 (December 3, 2019, 5:12 PM EST) -- An Oregon federal judge has rejected Seirus’ bid to throw out a racketeering and fraud suit filed by rival Columbia Sportswear over an alleged “grand conspiracy” and “sham agreement” with Seirus’ fabric vendor to challenge Columbia’s patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

In a 29-page order Monday, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon denied winter accessories company Seirus’ motion to dismiss Columbia’s lawsuit, which accuses Seirus of orchestrating a conspiracy to fund Korean fabric supplier Ventex Co. Ltd.’s challenges of Columbia’s patents after Seirus was time-barred from filing its own challenge.

Seirus had claimed, among other things, that Columbia...

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