Ocuco’s Seiko Freeform Challenge to Proceed

The president of Ocuco Inc., Robert Shanbaum, reports that Ocucos request for an examination of Seikos USA Patent US6019470 has been granted. Mr Shanbaum stated: This is the first hurdle we had to pass in our effort to get Seikos patent cancelled. Re-examinations typically taking more than 20 months.
Mr Shanbaum continued: Were encouraged by this action, however, most requests for re-examination are granted. Historically, 22% of such re-examination proceedings result in all of the challenged patents claims being confirmed, but only 12% result in all claims being cancelled. In most cases, the patents claims are changed so as to avoid the questions raised in the re-examination request. Adding, We hope to end up in the 12%.