Chief justice calls U.S. patent challenge process bizarre

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts departs after U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday described as bizarre the legal process used by companies to challenge competitors’ patents as the Supreme Court heard a case involving a vehicle speedometer that alerts drivers if they are driving too quickly. The eight justices heard an appeal filed by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, whose speedometer patent was invalidated in a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review board procedure after being challenged by GPS device maker Garmin Ltd in 2012. The issue before the justices during a one-hour argument in the case was whether the U.S. government has made it too easy for companies to pursue challenges to the patents of other companies.

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