Look before you leap – Foreign publication leads to patent invalidation
Abstract: Even after a patent is granted, an owner can find the patent’s validity challenged if it hasn’t thoroughly searched for “prior art.” That’s what happened to one telecommunications company: in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the competitor alleged that prior art anticipated the invention, invalidating the patent. This article highlights a case that illustrates the low standard for the admission of late evidence in IPR proceedings and provides guidance on when a printed publication qualifies as potentially invalidating prior art. A short sidebar discusses the plaintiff’s claim that, even if the prior art was publicly available at the relevant time, it actually “taught away” from the patented invention. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson v. TCL Corp., No. 18-801, Nov. 7, 2019, Fed. Cir.