Federal Circuit Overturns PTAB Reversal of Arendi Search Patent, Rejecting Board’s Reliance on “Common Sense”

August 12, 2016

The Federal Circuit has overturned the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) decision to invalidate an Arendi S.A.R.L. search patent (7,917,843) in an inter partes review (IPR) filed by Apple, Google, and Lenovo (Motorola Mobility) (IPR2014-00208). In an August 10 opinion, the court ruled that the Board had “misapplied” Federal Circuit law on the role of common sense in an obviousness inquiry (2015-2073).

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