In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC, No. 14-1301 (Fed. Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Garmin petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for inter partes review (IPR) of claims 10, 14, and 17 of the Cuozzo’s 074 patent, entitled “Speed Limit Indicator and Method for Displaying Speed and the Relevant Speed Limit,” issued in 2004. The patent discloses an interface which displays a vehicle’s current speed with the speed limit. In one embodiment, a red filter is superimposed on a white speedometer so that speeds above the legal speed limit are displayed in red while the legal speeds are displayed in white. A GPS unit tracks the vehicle’s location and identifies the speed limit at that location. The red filter automatically rotates when the speed limit changes. The PTO granted IPR. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a final decision finding claims 10, 14, and 17 obvious and denied Cuozzo’s motion to amend the patent by substituting new claims 21, 22, and 23 for claims 10, 14, and 17. The Federal Circuit affirmed, holding that it lacked jurisdiction to review the PTO’s decision to institute IPR and that there was no error in the Board’s claim construction under the broadest reasonable interpretation standard, the obviousness determination, or denial of Cuozzo’s motion to amend.