PTAB Zaps Patent Covering Hot Pockets Sleeves

Law360, New York (February 10, 2017, 7:04 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated as obvious a food packager’s patent covering cardboard sleeves that encase Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets freezer items, according to a recently unsealed decision.

In the opinion, issued Jan. 10 but unsealed on Thursday, the board held that one of Graphic Packaging International Inc.’s patents covering its “improved” Hot Pockets sleeves was anticipated by other food packaging designs and that sales information wasn’t enough to substantiate the patent’s validity.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board held last month that Graphic Packaging International’s patent covering an "improved" Hot Pockets sleeve design was anticipated by prior...

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