IP Team Helps Client Save Patent
Law360 reports the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has revived the asserted claims by a manufacturing client of Barclay Damon of a patent covering a coaxial cable connector. The PTAB had previously invalidated the patent as “obvious” after a Federal Circuit ruling that it had erred in its claim construction. The client is a leading manufacturer and developer of connectivity solutions for the broadband service-provider market.
The PTAB had construed a phrase in the patent, “reside around,” in an overly broad manner, according to the Federal Circuit. This overly broad interpretation of the phrase was found to be unreasonable.
Law360 quotes Denis Sullivan, lead partner for the manufacturer’s representation, saying, “Yesterday’s decision and the Federal Circuit’s reversal shows that accused infringers should not be permitted to rely on unreasonably broad claim constructions at the Patent Office to try to knock out pioneering patents, such as those issued to [our client] to protect its flagship product.”
This victory is the latest development in the battle between the firm’s client and a competitor over our client’s coaxial cable connector patents. The firm’s representation of our client included litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, where our client received a complete jury verdict of willful infringement of two other patents, resulting in a damages award of $24 million.
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