March 31, 2014

Harness Dickey Successfully Defends Another Patent in Inter Partes Review

By Matthew L. Cutler, Principal

The news has been dreary, to date, for Patent Owners in Inter Partes Review proceedings.  In view of that environment, we are proud to announce that Harness Dickey has successfully defended a second patent in an IPR proceeding on behalf of its clients.  In IPR2013-00020, the Board confirmed the patentability of 12 of 24 claims in U.S. Patent No. 7,297,364 (Final Written Decision).  The IPR relates to co-pending litigation pending in the Northern District of Illinois that had, to date, been stayed pending the result of the IPR proceeding, but will soon restart.  Clearlamp LLC v. LKQ Corp., Case No. 1:12-cv-02533 (Lefkow, J.).

To date, only three Final Written Decisions have resulted in one or more claims surviving and Harness Dickey has been responsible for 2 of those victories.