Ruling could curb patent challenges

04/20/2010 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

A ruling by the federal appeals court could impede companies' efforts to short-circuit patent-infringement claims against them by challenging the patents on which the suits are based. The ruling said U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officials were making "unreasonably broad" interpretations of patent claims in re-examining patents. Attorneys say the ruling could make it harder for companies to challenge existing patents.

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