USPTO Institutes an Inter Partes Review of University of Virginia Patent Foundation’s Patent

June 29, 2016 – General Electric Co. (“GE”) filed a petition for inter partes review of multiple claims of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation’s (“UVA”) patent. GE argued that the claims are unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103 over prior art publications. The USPTO issued a decision on June 23, 2016 finding that the information presented in GE’s petition establishes a reasonable likelihood that GE will prevail in showing that several claims of UVA’s patent are unpatentable. The USPTO will review all of the challenged claims. The patent at issue is U.S. Patent No. RE44,644 E, entitled “Method and apparatus for spin-echo-train MR imaging using prescribed signal evolutions” and the challenged claims are 141-152, 159, 160, and 242-251.

The petition is pending in the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board and is captioned: Petition for Inter Partes Review by General Electric Company, PTAB-IPR2016-00358.

By: David G. Varghese