Forge IP Invalidates All Claims of Water Meter Patent In IPR

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued a Final Decision in a trial for Inter Partes Review initiated by Forge IP, invalidating all claims of the challenged patent.

The patent at issue is U.S. Patent No. 8,806,957, which is directed to an ultrasonic flowmeter.  Forge IP filed the Petition for Inter Partes Review on behalf of its client Axioma Metering UAB, contending that the patent was invalid in view of multiple prior art references.  In April 2020, based on the original Petition filed by Forge IP, the PTAB instituted trial.

After numerous rounds of briefing, testimony and depositions of multiple experts, and an oral hearing, the PTAB issued a Final Decision declaring all claims of the ‘957 patent invalid.  Finding all of the claims either anticipated or obvious in view of one of the primary references presented in Axioma’s Petition, the PTAB did not need to reach multiple additional prior art grounds of invalidity that were set forth in Axioma’s Petition.

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