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Troutman Sanders Represents Pacific Surf Designs in Successful Inter Partes Review Request


SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2017 – Troutman Sanders recently advised its client Pacific Surf Designs, Inc. (“PSD”) in its request for inter partes review (IPR) against patents asserted by Surf Waves Ltd. (“Surf Waves”), a subsidiary of Whitewater West Industries, Ltd. (“WWI”), in litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

On January 30, 2017, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a Decision to institute the IPR, finding that PSD’s petition “establishes a reasonable likelihood that [Pacific Surf Designs] would prevail in showing challenged claims 1-20 unpatentable” on each of the five separate grounds advanced in PSD’s petition.

In the same litigation, PSD has filed another petition for inter partes review against a patent asserted by Flowrider Surf Ltd, also a subsidiary of WWI, and is awaiting a decision from the PTO.

The Troutman Sanders team representing Pacific Surf Designs in this matter included partners Mark Mao and Charan Brahma (San Francisco) and Justin Barnes (San Diego), of counsel Anup Shah (Charlotte), and associate Chris Franich (San Diego).

The PTO’s full Decision may be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.

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