from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent
Trial and Appeal Board in No. IPR2017-00214.
A. Dragseth, Fish & Richardson P.C., Minneapolis, MN,
argued for appellant. Also represented by Benjamin Elacqua,
Houston, TX; Katherine Vidal, Matthew R. McCullough, Michael
Rueckheim, Winston & Strawn LLP, Menlo Park, CA.
C. White, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Chicago, IL,
argued for appellee.
represented by William R. Peterson, Houston, TX; Dion Michael
Bregman, Ahren Christian Hsu-Hoffman, Michael John Lyons,
Alexander Stein, Palo Alto, CA; Julie S. Goldemberg,
Dyk, Reyna, and Hughes, Circuit Judges.
HUGHES, CIRCUIT JUDGE.
a patent case involving garage door and gate operator
systems. The Chamberlain Group, Inc. appeals the final
written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an
inter partes review of claims 18-25 of U.S. Patent
No. 7, 196, 611, which found all challenged claims
anticipated. See One World Techs., Inc. v. Chamberlain
Group, Inc., No. IPR2017-00214 (P.T.A.B. May 15, 2018).
Because the Board's anticipation findings are supported
by substantial evidence, we affirm.
owns the '611 patent entitled "Barrier Movement
Operator Human Interface Method and Apparatus." The
'611 patent is directed to improved methods of human
interaction with "barrier movement operators," such
as garage door operator systems. '611 patent, col. 1 ll.
6-14. The system includes "a motor for moving a barrier
between open and closed positions" and a controller that
selectively supplies power to the motor. Id. col. 1
ll. 9-12. The controller "includes a programmed
microprocessor, [which] responds to user input signals"
from a wall control unit and a radio transmitter.
Id. col. 1 ll. 64-66. The controller also connects
"to a plurality of input/output devices" such as a
rotary switch and indicator LEDs that "advise a user of
the status of particular controller functions."
Id. col. 2 ll. 41-42, 52-53.
18-25 of the '611 patent are directed to an
"interactive learn mode" that "guide[s] a user
through installation and learn mode actions."
Id. col. 4 ll. 13-14. During the learn mode, the
controller "determines the user activities or steps
needed during the learn process" and guides the user
through those steps by flashing the indicator LEDs.
Id. col 4 ll. 17-19.
'611 specification describes the example of using the
learn mode to set the garage door operator's "max
run timer." Id. col. 4 l. 45. The max run timer
is the amount of time for the door to move between its open
and closed limits, plus five to ten seconds. The system uses
the timer to determine whether the door has been moving for
too long without reaching its final open or closed position.
'611 patent teaches the following steps for setting the
max run timer during the learn mode. First, the user presses
a button on the controller to enter learn mode. Next, the
controller identifies the proper beginning status for the
door and the steps the user must complete to set the timer.
Finally, the controller guides the user through the
identified steps by flashing the appropriate indicator LED
for each step. For example, if the step requires the user to
open the door, the controller will flash the open limit LED.
Once the user completes all the steps, the controller counts
the time for the door to travel from its closed limit to its
open limit, adds five to ten seconds, and records that value
as the max run timer.
claim 18, reproduced below, is illustrative of the challenged
18. A method of assisting in the installation and maintenance
of a barrier movement operator including a ...