PTAB Says Filing Misstep Dooms Movie Studios' AIA Bids

Law360, New York (January 2, 2015, 3:15 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has rejected petitions by Paramount Pictures Corp. and other Hollywood studios seeking inter partes review of two DVD patents owned by Nissim Corp., ruling that the petitions failed to list all of the interested parties in the dispute.

In decisions issued Dec. 29, the board held that the studios, which sought to invalidate Nissim's patents in a declaratory judgment action in district court same day they filed the America Invents Act review petitions, did not comply with AIA rules requiring petitions to identify all the real parties in interest.

The board noted that while the...

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