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Hulu Wins Patent Challenge After Precedential Panel Review

Oct. 6, 2021, 5:33 PM

Hulu LLC convinced a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal part of a data analysis system patent is invalid, in a case that received attention from the agency’s leadership.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday found all the challenged claims in Sound View Innovations LLC’s U.S. Patent No. 5,806,062 are invalid because they were made obvious by a textbook.

The decision is the latest chapter in a challenge Hulu filed in 2018, after it was sued by Sound View. The PTAB originally refused to review the patent, finding Hulu hadn’t shown the textbook qualified as “printed publication” that ...