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Last Week at the PTAB: Apple Loses Joinder Motion, Comcast and Flywheel Succeed on Petitions, IBM Escapes Expedia Challenge

Last week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued 51 institution decisions, with denials narrowly edging out institutions by a 26-25 margin. In a decision on six Apple petitions, the PTAB terminated the consumer electronics giant’s challenges as time-barred; Apple had sought joinder to an already-terminated proceeding brought by Samsung. Elsewhere, Apple did successfully team up with Samsung and LG Electronics to challenge two patents owned by non-practicing entity Uniloc. Comcast had five petitions challenging a Rovi patent denied, but succeeded on one petition, which included seven obviousness challenges on that same Rovi patent. Expedia and various Internet travel booking websites lost out on a challenge to an IBM patent based on arguments already considered by the PTAB. Peloton Interactive also faces the potential invalidation of claims of three patents after a trio of successful institutions for Flywheel Sports.

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