Press Release

04/23/2015

SynQor Announces Reversal by Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Boxborough, MA – SynQor announced today that the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") issued its Decision on Appeal in the inter partes reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 7,564,702 ("'702 Patent").  The '702 Patent is one in a family of patents relating to Intermediate Bus Architecture (“SynQor IBA Patents”) that SynQor is currently asserting against Cisco Systems and Vicor Corporation in the Eastern District of Texas. SynQor, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Civil Action No. 2:14-CV-286 E.D. Texas and SynQor, Inc. v. Vicor Corporation Civil Action No. 2:14-CV-287 E.D. Texas.

In its decision, the PTAB rejected Vicor’s challenge to the validity of the '702 Patent and reversed all of the Examiner's claim rejections, including the four claims of the '702 Patent asserted against Cisco Systems and Vicor in the above cases.   To read the Decision on Appeal click here.

The Decision on Appeal is the first time the PTAB has considered a reexamination of any of the SynQor IBA Patents since the Federal Circuit's March 13 decision in Vicor Corporation v. SynQor, Inc.

The PTAB commented: "The weight of the objective evidence, combined with the technical difficulties in implementing the proposed combinations of references adopted from the Request by the Examiner, lead us to the conclusion that the claims at issue would not have been obvious to one of only ordinary skill in the art at the time the invention was made."

Inquiries concerning the foregoing should be directed to Arthur R. Hofmann, Jr., SynQor's Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

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