KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 18, 2017, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Reexamination Certificate (RE 11,087th) narrowing some of the claims of the US Patent No. 7,234,262 C1 ('262 patent) forcing Taser International (now Axon Enterprise Inc NASDAQ: AAXN) to inform the Court of the narrowed claims in the on-going litigation between Taser and PhaZZer Electronics Inc. (PhaZZer).
In reviewing the reasons for allowance of the Reexamination Certificate, it became very clear to PhaZZer that the previously cited prior art, including US patent No. 5,502,915 – Mendelsohn, was not properly considered. In addition, it is PhaZZer's opinion that this previously cited prior art and subsequently discovered prior art, clearly establish that all the claims of the '262 patent are unpatentable.
PhaZZer then filed a second reexamination request on April 27, 2017, which was quickly granted by the USPTO on May 22, 2017. The USPTO thoroughly analyzed the previously cited prior art and additional prior art supplied by PhaZZer in its second reexamination request and agreed that multiple substantial new questions of patentability (SNQ) were raised for all the claims (1-18) in the '262 patent. Given the granted second reexamination request of the '262 patent, it appears that the claims of this patent and its use in litigation (for example, against Stinger Systems, Inc.) should never have occurred. Nevertheless, PhaZZer's opinion is that Taser continues to use the '262 patent and litigation to monopolize the marketplace.
PhaZZer is confident that, in view of the prior art, all of the claims of the '262 patent will be found unpatentably obvious, and the '262 patent will in due course be formally invalidated by the USPTO.
PhaZZer is a privately held, veteran-owned company originating in the Midwestern United States which designs, develops, manufactures and distributes Conductive Energy Weapons, cross-compatible ammunition, holsters and accessories including DVR and surveillance devices for the military, law enforcement, security and civilian markets in the United States and abroad.
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SOURCE PhaZZer Electronics, Inc.