SOURCE: Marathon Patent Group

Marathon Patent Group

October 05, 2015 08:35 ET

Marathon Patent Group Announces That the USPTO Has Denied American Honda Motor Co. Inc.'s Petition for Inter Partes Review of Signal IP, Inc.'s '375 Patent

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 5, 2015) - Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) ("Marathon"), a patent licensing company, announced today that on September 29, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") denied a petition for inter partes review ("IPR"), IPR2015-01003, filed by American Honda Motor Co. Inc. against Marathon subsidiary Signal IP, Inc.'s U.S. Patent No. 5,732,375 ("'375 Patent").

The PTAB ruled: "We determine that Petitioner fails to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of prevailing on any of the asserted grounds of unpatentability. In consideration of the foregoing, it is hereby: ORDERED that institution of inter partes review is denied as to all challenged claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,732,375."

"We are pleased with the USPTO's decision denying Honda's petition," said Doug Croxall, Founder and CEO of Marathon Patent Group. "This ruling, along with those that have preceded it, continue to demonstrate the value of our proprietary process to assess, value, and acquire high quality patent assets that have the potential of generating meaningful return on investment for both the company and its shareholders."

The '375 patent is titled "Method of Inhibiting or Allowing Airbag Deployment," and issued on March 24, 1998. The '375 patent discloses techniques for protecting passengers in a front passenger vehicle seat by using seat sensors to determine seat occupancy for controlling airbag deployment.

Signal IP Inc., was represented by the Ascenda Law Group at the PTAB proceedings.

About Marathon Patent Group
Marathon is a patent acquisition and monetization company. The Company acquires patents from a wide-range of patent holders from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies. Marathon's strategy of acquiring patents that cover a wide-range of subject matter allows the Company to achieve diversity within its patent asset portfolio. Marathon generates revenue with its diversified portfolio through actively managed concurrent patent rights enforcement campaigns. This approach is expected to result in a long-term, diversified revenue stream. To learn more about Marathon Patent Group, visit www.marathonpg.com.

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