A Prophetstown, Ill., company has won a patent battle involving forged hammers used by the business.

U.S. Patent attorneys Hamilton IP Law, based in Davenport and Iowa City, represented Genesis III, Inc. during an inter partes review, or IPR, with all parties.The case defended U.S. Patent No. 7,140,569, owned by Genesis III, against a challenge to the validity of its claims covering forged hammers used in grain and feed material milling and grinding systems.

An inter partes review is a trial proceeding to review the patentability of one or more claims in a patent in certain instances.

According to a news release, Hamilton opposed the need for the inter partes review against Genesis III’s patent.

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On Jan. 22, in Jacobs Corp. vs. Genesis III, Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, denied the IPR petition in all respects, finding that it "failed to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood that any of the challenged claims would be held invalid under any of several proposed theories."

“Contrary to what patent infringers may believe, the (United States Patent and Trademark Office) post-grant proceedings do not allow infringers to act with impunity against the exclusive rights enjoyed by a patent owner,” Jay Hamilton, founder and principal of Hamilton IP Law, said in a news release. "This decision denying the trial demonstrates that patent challenges at the USPTO can be defeated before expenses become crippling. The PTAB’s decision has strengthened the ‘569 Patent, recognizing the validity of all the patent claims in view of the three different proposed grounds of invalidity.”

Founded in 2001, Genesis III, Inc. produces hammer mills for the agriculture industry as well as hammer mill replacement parts and other accessories.

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