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Agency Tribunal Reconsiders, Will Review iRobot Vacuum Patent

Nov. 18, 2021, 9:30 PM

SharkNinja Operating LLC convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on its second try to review a iRobot Corp.‘s patent on robotic vacuum cleaners.

The board instituted review of U.S. Patent No. 9,884,423, on autonomous robot auto-docking and energy management systems, in a revised decision. The wide-ranging dispute between the two rival vacuum makers is taking place across several patent office proceedings, a federal district court case, and an International Trade Commission investigation.

On second look, the board agreed with SharkNinja that it had misapplied one of the factors in its Fintiv test for determining whether agency ...