PTAB Told ‘Disturbing’ AIA Decision Ignored Invalidity Case

Law360, New York (March 29, 2016, 6:56 PM EDT) -- A Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision not to institute inter partes review of a raccoon trap patent gave too much deference to the examiner’s decision to issue the patent and showed “disturbing” disregard for the petition’s invalidity arguments, counsel for the petitioner has argued.

Neil Ziegman NPZ Inc. on Friday filed a request for rehearing of a Feb. 24 PTAB decision denying a petition for inter partes review under the America Invents Act of inventor Carlis Stephens’ patent on a trap for efficiently restraining animals like raccoons, which Ziegman has been accused of infringing.

The PTAB said that the same...

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