District Court Decision

this way_that wayNRT Technology Corporation was not successful in petitioning the PTAB to institute CBM review of U.S. Patent No. 6,081,792, but was successful in moving a district court to dismiss an infringement action concerning the same patent on the basis that the patent claims ineligible (abstract) subject matter. Global Cash Access, Inc. v. NRT Tech. Corp., Case No. 2:15-cv-00822 (D. Nev. Mar. 25, 2016) (Order) (granting motion to dismiss). The apparently inconsistent PTAB and district court dispositions will no doubt encourage accused-infringers/putative-petitioners who do not succeed in initiating AIA (trial) review under a low evidentiary burden to try to invalidate the patent in district court under a higher evidentiary standard. Further, these decisions collectively demonstrate how a PTAB’s institution decision denying AIA review can be, without an appeal, effectively nullified by a parallel or later court proceeding.
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