Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Intel loses at CAFC

The short decision:

Intel Corporation appeals from an inter partes review final written decision. See Intel Corp. v. XMTT, Inc., No. IPR2020-00145, 2021 WL 1895938 (P.T.A.B. May 11, 2021) (Board Decision). In that decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held that no claim of U.S. Patent No. 7,707,388 would have been obvious over Nakaya1 in combination with other references. For the following reasons, we affirm.

Intel is judicially estopped from raising its claim construction argument. The Board adopted the claim construction for which Intel advocated. Board Decision, 2021 WL 1895938, at *4–5. Yet, Intel now changes its position and advocates for a claim construction that is clearly inconsistent with its position before the Board. Compare Appellant’s Br. 36–37, with J.A. 685–86. Intel is judicially estopped from raising this argument. We need not consider Intel’s argument that Nakaya discloses the disputed claim limitations under its new construction. Further, the Board did not violate Intel’s due process rights. Even if Intel was entitled to an opportunity to respond to the Board’s claim construction, the Board provided one. It allowed supplemental briefing for the express purpose of addressing its proposed claim construction. J.A. 591–95. Thus, there was no due process violation.

WWikipedia notes of "judicial estoppel:"

it is generally agreed that it can only be cited if the party in question successfully maintained its position in the earlier proceedings and benefited from it.


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