District Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Where Trial Was Less Than a Year Away and Defendant's Previous Attempts at Re-Examination Were Unsuccessful
Presidio Components, Inc. ("Presidio") filed a complaint against American Technical Ceramics Corp. ("ATC") asserting a claim for patent infringement. ATC filed a motion to stay the case pending PTO review of the patent-in-suit. Presidio opposed ATC's motion to stay.
The district court began its analysis of the motion by noting that "this is not the first time that ATC has sought reexamination of the '356 patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO"). On July 23, 2009, ATC filed a request for ex parte reexamination of the '356 patent with the PTO seeking PTO review of claims 1-5, 16, 18, and 19. On July 2, 2010, ATC filed a second request for ex parte reexamination of the '356 patent with the PTO seeking review of the same claims. After reviewing ATC's requests for reexamination, the PTO confirmed the patentability of claims 1-5, 16, 18, and 19."