By Andrew Karpan (June 30, 2022, 8:18 PM EDT) — The Federal Circuit next week will consider whether a Texas federal judge made the right call in throwing out a patent-holding company’s $308.5 million jury verdict against Apple by using a rarely invoked rule meant to punish slow-walking applications at the patent office.
A Sugar Land, Texas-based company called Personalized Media Communications on July 7 will contend that U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap radically expanded a concept in patent law called the prosecution laches doctrine, which lets defendants challenge patents based on an “unreasonable and unexplained delay” in between the time the patent was filed and when it was issued by…
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