Federal Circuit: Party Cannot Appeal Patent Re-Examination Decision

(February 1, 2016, 10:01 AM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only the third-party requester of an inter partes re-examination (IPR) can appeal the outcome of the proceedings, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 29 (Agilent Technologies Inc. v. Waters Technology Corp., No. 15-1280, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 1441).

(Decision available. Document #16-160222-002Z.)

In turning away an appeal by Agilent Technologies Inc., the appellate panel of Circuit Judges Kimberly A. Moore, Kathleen M. O’Malley and Richard G. Taranto found that because Aurora SFC Systems Inc. sought IPR before the...
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