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Inventor Loses Suit Over Regulations on Hundreds of Patents

July 29, 2021, 6:44 PM

Inventor Gilbert P. Hyatt couldn’t prove that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decisions regarding his “unprecedented” number of patent applications were arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion, a federal court in Virginia ruled.

The patent office won a motion for summary judgment that upheld some requirements it set on Hyatt’s applications to more effectively examine his nearly 400 filings, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia’s dismissal of the case.

The Alexandria court ruled Wednesday that the patent office didn’t err in dismissing 17 of Hyatt’s petitions for the agency to withdraw its ...