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Baker Hughes Fracturing Device Patent Axed By PTAB

April 13, 2020, 7:52 PM

Innovex Downhole Solutions Inc. convinced a Patent and Trademark Office tribunal to invalidate a drilling company’s patent for a disintegrable oil and gas well fracturing device.

Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC’s U.S. Patent No. 9,080,439 was obvious in light of prior inventions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board found in a decision entered Monday.

The decision is the latest in a battle between the companies involving the device patent. Baker Hughes, an oil services provider, sued Innovex in 2018 in a Texas federal court for infringing the patent with its Swage Plug, a dissolvable frac plug.

The board found that...

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