Report: Judge Backs Inventor In Suit Over Long-Stalled Patent Apps

Law360 covers inventor Gilbert Hyatt’s recent litigation victories against the PTO:

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to issue three patents to prolific inventor Gilbert Hyatt, finding that many of his patent claims were incorrectly rejected, a win for Hyatt in his case alleging the office is wrongly stalling his patent applications.

The three patents at issue in the decision represent a small fraction of the nearly 400 applications Hyatt has pending at the USPTO. He alleges in a related suit that the office is using a variety of unlawful tactics to ensure those applications are never approved.

Hyatt’s attorney, Andrew Grossman of Baker & Hostetler LLP, said Tuesday that Judge Lamberth’s decision is an important development in the case that shows when Hyatt’s applications are given fair and impartial review, he will win.

“The decision is a vindication of Gilbert Hyatt’s vision as an inventor and persistence in the face of an agency that was determined to violate his rights at every turn,” Grossman said. “The PTO played hardball against Mr. Hyatt, and that makes its loss all the more devastating for the agency and all the more valuable for Mr. Hyatt.”

Read the full article here (PDF):

Judge Backs Inventor In Suit Over Long-Stalled Patent Apps


Mr. Hyatt’s court wins also received coverage from Bloomberg News.