Gogo Business Aviation has submitted a petition to the US Patent and Trademark Office requesting an inter-partes review of US Patent No. 9,312,947 (“the ‘947 patent”) granted to SmartSky Networks, LLC.
An inter partes review re-examines the claims in a patent to determine whether or not they are valid. The ‘947 patent relates to a terrestrial-based high-speed data communications mesh network.
“We strongly believe that the ‘947 patent granted to SmartSky is not valid,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation. “We have submitted evidence of published materials clearly showing that well before SmartSky asserts to have invented the concepts in the ‘947 patent, others had conceived of the claimed subject matter. Further, we believe there are many of SmartSky’s patents that are not valid. This is only one of many patents we could have challenged in a patent review.”