Category Archives: Reexamination

In Re: Smith International, Inc.

Docket No. 2016-2303 LOURIE, REYNA, HUGHES September 26, 2017 Brief summary: PTAB decision affirming examiner’s rejection based on broad reading of the claim term “body” reversed since adopting “the broadest possible interpretation of a claim term, irrespective of repeated and … Continue reading

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Southwire Company v. Cerro Wire LLC et al.

Docket No. 2016-2287 LOURIE, MOORE, HUGHES September 8, 2017 Brief summary: PTAB obviousness conclusion affirmed (30% reduction limitation is “an observed result on an old process”). Summary: Southwire appealed PTAB inter partes reexamination decision that claims 1-42 of US 7,557,301 … Continue reading

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Intercontinental Great Brands LLC (“Kraft”) v. Kellogg North America Co. et al.

2016-2082, -2084 PROST, REYNA (D), TARANTO September 7, 2017 Brief summary: DC grant of SJ for obviousness and no inequitable conduct affirmed. Summary: Kraft appealed grant of SJ to Kellogg of invalidity for obviousness of the asserted claims of Kraft’s … Continue reading

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Vicor Corp. v. SynQor, Inc.

Docket Nos. 2016-2283 (95/001,861) and 2016-2288 (95/001,637) LOURIE, TARANTO, CHEN August 30, 2017 Brief summary: Board decision partly vacated and remanded due to conflict between opinions for patents encompassing similar technologies. Summary: Vicor and SynQor appealed Board decisions after reexamination … Continue reading

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In re: David Walter

Docket No. 2016-2256 MOORE, SCHALL, O’MALLEY August 21, 2017 Non-precedential Brief summary: Board decision on indefiniteness of the term “block-like” affirmed because, e.g., it “is a term of degree, without objective criteria in the patent’s intrinsic record for establishing the … Continue reading

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Honeywell International Inc. v. Mexichem Amanco Holdings S.A. et al.

Docket No. 2016-1996 LOURIE, REYNA, WALLACH August 1, 2017 Brief summary: Board affirmance of obviousness rejections vacated and remanded because, e.g., it erred “in dismissing properties of the claimed invention as merely inherent, without further consideration as to unpredictability and … Continue reading

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Soft Gel Technologies, Inc. v. Jarrow Formulas, Inc.

Docket No. 2016-1814, -1815, -1051 PROST, BRYSON, HUGHES July 26, 2017 Brief summary: Board decision of obviousness following inter partes reexamination affirmed (e.g., “absolute predictability” not required, no teaching away). Summary: Soft Gel appealed PTAB inter partes reexamination decision invalidating … Continue reading

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