Bloomberg Law
Aug. 9, 2021, 3:54 PMUpdated: Aug. 9, 2021, 7:40 PM

Patent Office Ex-Chief, Judges Face Suit Over ‘Rigged’ IP System (1)

Ian Lopez
Ian Lopez
Senior Reporter

An Obama-era Patent and Trademark Office director and group of former and current tribunal judges are being accused of stacking the intellectual property system against inventors, according to a lawsuit provided to Bloomberg Law.

The lawsuit marks the latest court action over the agency’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a tribunal favored by generic drugmakers, major technology companies, and others for trying to invalidate patents they claim are obstacles for releasing their own products.

Computer engineer Martin David Hoyle, owner of B.E. Technology LLC, alleged that patent office behavior favoring Alphabet Inc.'s Google in challenges to his advertising technology patents ...

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