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2018 Pat. App. LEXIS 8881

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Representative Orders, Decisions and Notices

               September 12, 2018, Decided

Case IPR2018-00752, Paper No. 8; Patent 6,183,841 B1

USPTO Bd of Patent Appeals & Interferences; Patent Trial & Appeal Bd Decs.


                  ANKENBRAND, Administrative Patent Judge.


                  Denying Institution of Inter Partes  Review 35 U.S.C. § 314                                             (a)                                 

                  I. INTRODUCTION

                  NHK Spring Co., Ltd. ("Petitioner") requests an inter partes  review of claims 1, 4, 7, and 10 of U.S. Patent No. 6,183,841 B1 ("the '841 patent," Ex. 1001). Paper 1 ("Pet."). Intri-Plex Technologies, Inc. ("Patent Owner") timely filed a Preliminary Response. Paper 7 ("Prelim. Resp.").

                  Based upon the particular circumstances of this case, we exercise our discretion under 35 U.S.C. §§ 314(a) and 325(d)                      [*2]  and do not institute an inter partes  review of the challenged claims.

                  II. BACKGROUND

                                       A. Related Matters                                 

                  The parties identify Intri-Plex Technologies, Inc. v. NHK International Corp., 3:17-cv-01097-EMC (N.D. Cal.) as a related matter under 37 C.F.R. § 42.8(b)(2). Pet. 2; Paper 4, 2.

                  B. The '841 patent

                  The '841 patent, titled "Optimized Low Profile Swage Mount Base Plate Attachment of Suspension Assembly for Hard Disk Drive," issued on February 6, 2001, based on an application filed April 21, 1998. Ex. 1001, [22], [45], [54]. The '841 patent relates to a base plate for attaching a suspension assembly to an actuator arm in a hard disk drive. Id. at Abstract.

                  The base plate includes a flat flange portion and a cylindrical hub portion. Id. at 3:41-42. The base plate has several parameters, including a base plate thickness (T[BP]), hub overall height (H[H]), hub inner diameter (D[ID]), base plate length (L[BP]), base plate width (W[BP]), hub outer diameter (D[OD]), hub inner surface depth (H[IS]), base plate opening diameter (D[BP]), hub radial  [*3]   width (W[H], which is (D[OD] - D[ID])/2), and a hub counter bore depth (H[CB]). Id. at 3:48-55, 4:3-18. The '841 patent states that "[t]he optimum parameters . . . are such as to satisfy the following equation: "

                  W[H]/T[BP].W[H]/(H[IS] + H[H] - H[CB])/2 >/= 5

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2018 Pat. App. LEXIS 8881 *

NHK SPRING CO., LTD.,; Petitioner,; v.; INTRI-PLEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,; Patent Owner.



               PRECEDENTIAL OPINION. Pursuant to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Standard Operating Procedure 2, the opinion below has been designated a precedential opinion.



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