Board Affirms Final Rejection Of Machinery Patent As Obvious

(April 28, 2016, 10:41 AM EDT) -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Efforts to undo an examiner’s May 2014 final rejection on obviousness grounds of various claims of a patented troughing idler for belt conveyors were unsuccessful on April 27, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instead upheld the examiner’s findings (Ex parte Hansen Manufacturing Corp., No. 2016-00248, PTAB).

(Decision available. Document #16-160502-020Z.)

According to the board, U.S. patent No. 6,044,965 — owned by Hansen Manufacturing Corp. — is the subject of federal patent infringement litigation (Hansen Mfg. Corp. v. Endury Sys. Inc. d/b/a...
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