The U.S. Patent Office Invalidates All Asserted Patent Claims In A Long-Running Patent Lawsuit Involving GPS Golf Products

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The Law Offices of Manuel de la Cerra announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has invalidated each of the 12 patent claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,364,093 asserted against its client, L1 Technologies, Inc. in pending federal litigation.

The Law Offices of Manuel de la Cerra announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has invalidated each of the 12 patent claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,364,093 asserted against its client, L1 Technologies, Inc. in the case entitled GPS Industries Inc., v. Altex Corporation, Case No. 3:07-CV-00831 (Northern District of Texas).    

In 2007 GPS Industries filed suit alleging that L1’s use of GPS technology on golf courses infringed the ‘093 patent. L1’s President, Brian Verdugo stated at the time, “how can anyone patent the use of GPS on a golf course when GPS is meant to be used anywhere and everywhere?” Manuel de la Cerra, L1’s patent counsel, questioned the validity of the patent, and in an effort to avoid costly litigation, petitioned the USPTO to reexamine of all the patent claims asserted against L1. The USPTO agreed and recently issued a final rejection finding each and every one of the 12 asserted patent claims invalid based on a variety of references dating back to 1986.

“This is a nothing short of a complete victory for L1,” said Mr. de la Cerra. “There are no longer any valid claims left to assert against L1 in the pending infringement suits. The Patent Office’s final rejection of all asserted claims confirms what we have known all along – the ‘093 patent was nonsense and indefensible. Now L1 can get back to the business of making innovative golf products without the distraction from this bogus IP.”

Mr. Manuel de la Cerra is a registered patent attorney based in San Diego that specializes in intellectual property procurement and litigation. For more information please visit http://www.delacerralaw.com.

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