A fracking-related patent is unenforceable because its owner misled the Patent and Trademark Office during the application process, a federal appeals court ruled.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s ruling emphasizes the importance of the Patent Act’s on-sale bar, which denies patent protection to any technology on the market for more than a year. A company that believes it has a patentable idea must file its application promptly.
Heat on-the-Fly LLC couldn’t enforce its patent against a rival because of inequitable conduct before the PTO, according to the May 4 decision.
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