NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto reports that it has successfully prevailed on behalf of its client, Askeladden L.L.C. in four Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings conducted before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In its four rulings, the PTAB declared all claims of two patents related to loyalty rewards programs to be unpatentable. As such, the patents can no longer be asserted against companies as a basis to allege infringement.
The IPRs were brought by Askeladden as part of its Patent Quality Initiative. Askeladden works to create a better patent system for all stakeholders by regularly filing amicus briefs and using IPRs to challenge low-quality patents.
“This decision demonstrates the value of IPRs as a tool for ridding the system of bad patents that should have never been issued,” said Sean Reilly, General Counsel of Askeladden. “As part of its Patent Quality Initiative, Askeladden will continue to target and review patents that it believes are invalid in order to promote patent quality and support true innovation.”
Representing Askeladden as lead counsel in these proceedings, Robert H. Fischer added, “We are pleased that in each of the four IPRs the PTAB adopted and found meritorious all the grounds of rejection that Askeladden raised to demonstrate the invalidity of the patent claims at issue.”
Copies of the PTAB rulings are available upon request. For more on Fitzpatrick’s post-grant review practice, please visit the firm’s contested proceedings information hub, the Post Grant HQ.
About Patent Quality Initiative
Askeladden L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Clearing House. Established in 1853, The Clearing House is the oldest banking association and payments company in the United States and is owned by the world’s largest commercial banks, which hold half of all U.S. deposits. Askeladden is an education, information and advocacy organization with the goal of improving the understanding, use and reliability of patents in financial services and other industries. As part of its Patent Quality Initiative, Askeladden strives to promote better patents and patent holder behaviors by regularly filing amicus briefs, Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) and engaging in educational activities. For more information, please visit www.patentqualityinitiative.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PatentSean.
About Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto (www.fitzpatrickcella.com), founded in 1971, is a leading national intellectual property law firm of nearly 150 lawyers with offices in New York, Costa Mesa, California, and Washington, D.C. The Firm’s practice covers the spectrum of intellectual property services, including applying for patent and trademark protection, litigation, appeals, interferences, post-grant challenges (e.g., IPRs), alternative dispute resolution, licensing, opinions, corporate transactions, and due diligence. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies.