Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Ax Of MPHJ Scanner Patent

By Ryan Davis (February 13, 2017, 6:29 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidation of all the claims of an MPHJ Technology Investments LLC scanner patent, dealing a blow to a company that became notorious for asserting its patents against thousands of small businesses.

PTAB had nixed the patent in an inter partes review requested by Ricoh Americas Corp., Xerox Corp. and Lexmark International Inc, which were not accused of infringement by MPHJ but supply printers to the companies it has targeted and said they were challenging the patent to protect their customers.

A three-judge Federal Circuit panel held in an opinion...

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