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Inventor Draws Federal Circuit Skepticism Over Patent Delay

Feb. 6, 2020, 10:02 PM

An inventor who has battled the Patent and Trademark Office for decades faced a wary Federal Circuit panel at oral arguments over whether he delayed his patent applications on purpose.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in 2018 that inventor Gilbert P. Hyatt should get three computer video processing patents from applications filed in 1995. The court rejected the patent office’s defense that Hyatt had unreasonably delayed his applications.

The patent office challenged the court’s ruling, saying Hyatt is at fault for the “extreme delay.” Hyatt exhibited “uncooperative and disruptive conduct” during examinations, Thomas W. Krause ...

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