Taft Scores a PTAB Win for Patent Owner in a Textile Fabric Dispute

Taft IP attorneys Roshan Shrestha, Ph.D. and Ryan White achieved a significant victory for patent owner Mr. Sachin Jhunjhunwala in a case before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). On Sept. 14, 2021, the PTAB denied a post grant review (PGR) challenge by AAVN, Inc.

The case involved U.S. Patent No. 10,689,782 B2 titled “Textile Fabric Fabricated of Twill Weave Sheeting” and issued on June 23, 2020. The textile fabric is used in bedding including sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, etc. The petition contended that the granted claims are unpatentable under § 103 for obviousness over the prior art and under § 112 for lack of adequate written description. The Taft team, assisted by Khurana and Khurana, put together a strong preliminary patent owner’s response. After review, PTAB denied the petition explaining that the petition failed to identify the grounds and evidence for the challenge. This denial means that the PGR process was terminated at the outset and the patent owner did not have to go through PTAB review process which could last up to 18 additional months.

Taft’s patent practice consists of registered patent attorneys and agents, as well as litigation attorneys. They prepare and prosecute patent applications in a broad range of technologies and defend or challenge the validity of patents.  Our lawyers provide patentability studies and opinions; right-to-use (non-infringement) studies and opinions; patent license preparation and negotiation; and client counseling relating to both client and competitor patents and related technologies. They also represent clients in disputes in a broad range of industries involving all aspects of IP rights, and have demonstrated success in bench and jury trials and appeals in federal and state courts, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The firm is recognized for IP litigation in the IAM Patent 1000 rankings and in Chambers USA.

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