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GE Won’t Get High Court Eye on Rival Standing in Patent Appeals

May 26, 2020, 1:43 PM

General Electric Co. didn’t convince the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit rule about when competitors can challenge adverse rulings from the patent office.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in July that GE’s status as a competitor to patent owner Raytheon Technologies Corp., formerly known as United Technologies, wasn’t sufficient to establish standing to appeal a Patent and Trademark Office tribunal decision. The appeals court found GE’s argument that it suffered a competitive injury too speculative.

A party that unsuccessfully challenges a patent before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board doesn’t have...

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