1ST Media, LLC v. Electronic Arts, Inc., No. 10-1435 (Fed. Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The holder of the 946 Patent, “System and Apparatus for Interactive Multimedia Entertainment,” issued in 1995, alleged infringement. The district court found that, during prosecution of the 946 patent, the named inventor and his attorney withheld from the United States Patent and Trademark Office three material references and information about PTO rejections in two related prosecutions, thereby committing inequitable conduct and rendering the 946 Patent unenforceable. The Federal Circuit reversed, stating that there was no evidence of a deliberate decision to withhold the references.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on September 28, 2012.