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Skechers Fights Nike Design Patents With PTAB Challenges

April 15, 2016, 4:00 AM

Skechers took Nike’s sneaker design patent infringement charges to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board April 11 and 12 (Skechers U.S.A., Inc. v. Nike, Inc., P.T.A.B., IPR2016-00870, 4/11/16).

The case presents the highest profile design patent challenge to the board since the America Invents Act of 2011 created the post-grant opposition option.

To date, the PTAB has seen only 18 other petitions challenging design patents out of almost 4,800 filed. Of those, the board has denied five and granted seven, with two of the latter in trial. Six others are still in preliminary stages. The patent holder lost ...

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