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Alarm.com Loses Challenge to Patent Office Reexaminations Bar

June 23, 2021, 5:48 PM

Alarm.com Inc. can’t challenge the patent office’s decision that it is barred from asking for a reexamination of Vivint Inc. patents on remote monitoring systems, a Virginia district court judge ruled.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Alarm.com’s request for ex parte reexamination of claims in three Vivint patents. The agency said Alarm.com was estopped from requesting the reexam because it had already challenged the patent claims in inter partes review.

Alarm.com sued the agency under the Administrative Procedure Act, arguing the decision was arbitrary and capricious.

Judge Claude Hilton in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ...