September 6, 2019  | By Matthew Kellogg

Attorney Christopher Barkley
McCathern Partner Christopher Barkley

McCathern partner Christopher Barkley of the law firm’s Los Angeles office secured complete wins for his client, LoganTree LP backed by inventor Theodore Brann, against the technology firm Garmin in two inter partes review trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

In the PTAB’s August 28, 2019 Final Decisions (available here and here), the Board rejected Garmin’s arguments that the claims in Mr. Brann’s patent were invalid over prior art.

The patent-in-dispute is U.S. Patent No. 6,059,576, which covers an electronic device, system and method to monitor and train an individual on proper motion during physical movement. The system employs an electronic device which tracks and monitors an individual’s motion through the use of an accelerometer capable of measuring parameters associated with the individual’s movement.

“We were confident going into these proceedings and are very happy with the PTAB’s decisions,” said Mr. Barkley.  “We are looking forward to litigating the remainder of the issues before the district court.”

Along with Mr. Barkley, the McCathern IPR trial team included partners Arnold Shokouhi and James Sherry.

The cases are Garmin International, Inc. and Garmin USA, Inc. v. LoganTree, LP, case numbers IPR2018-00564 and IPR2018-00565, at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.