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Five-Judge PTAB Panel Interprets "Module" As Non Means-Plus Function, PTAB Litigation Blog

October 2017

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On September 13, 2017, the PTAB, a five-judge panel, granted a petition to institute an inter partes review brought by HTC America, Inc. ("Petitioner") against Virginia Innovation Sciences, Inc. ("Patent Owner") regarding U.S. patent number 7,899,492 ("the ‘492 patent"). The panel held that Petitioner demonstrated a reasonable likelihood that it would prevail on all of its challenges to patentability of the ‘492 patent. The ‘492 patent is directed to a mobile terminal that receives multimedia data over a wireless communications network, converts the data to a different format, and provides the converted data to an external display system.

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