Washington, DC – June 18, 2012 – The Intellectual Property & Litigation law firm Mei & Mark LLP today announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Mei & Mark LLP’s request for an inter partes reexamination and issued an office action rejecting claims 1-4, 6, 8-11, 13, 15, 16, 35-37, 39, and 41-46 of the United States patent 7,737,809 (“‘809 patent”) as being invalid over prior art. The USPTO found that the request has established “a reasonable likelihood” that the Third Party Requester will prevail with respect to these claims.
The ‘809 patent is involved in an on-going patent dispute in the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) industry. Mei & Mark LLP filed this inter partes reexamination request on May 16, 2012.
Krystyna Colantoni, a partner at Mei & Mark LLP who is a former USPTO Patent Examiner and has prepared more than a dozen patent reexamination requests over the past two years, is the lead attorney handling this matter. Previously, Ms. Colantoni filed one of the first inter partes reexaminations under the the America Invents Act on behalf of a third party requester on October 11, 2011, in another matter. The USPTO also granted that request and issued an office action rejecting the claim at issue on December 2, 2011, in that matter. For more information about Mei & Mark LLP’s cutting-edge reexamination practice, please contact Krystyna Colantoni