Friday, October 30, 2020

Summary Judgment Granted

 Flatwork Technologies, LLC (Powerblanket) v Brierley 2020 FC 997 McVeigh J

            2,383,341 / hydraulic boom heating wrap

The 341 patent relates to a heating wrap for articulated hydraulic booms, to keep them operational in very cold temperatures such as in the oilfields of northern Alberta where the invention was developed. In this decision McVeigh J granted a motion for summary judgment, holding the 341 patent invalid for obviousness, essentially on the basis that equipment heating wraps eg for a blowout preventer, were a standard part of the prior art and it was not inventive to apply such a wrap to an articulated hydraulic boom [94].

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