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Court upholds Stan's rim patent

Published February 8, 2016

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (BRAIN) — A federal appeals court has upheld a tubeless rim patent held by Stan's NoTubes, which has been the subject of a long legal dispute with Specialized. 

The Federal Circuit decision upholds a previous ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that had declared Stan's NoTubes' U.S. Patent Number 7,334,846 to be valid.

"We are pleased to have reached a positive conclusion regarding our rim design patent. The court's decision further strengthens our patent portfolio," said Stan's NoTubes co-owners Stan and Cindy Koziatek in a statement Monday. "We look forward to continuing the advancement of tubeless wheels for all cycling applications."

The Federal Circuit heard arguments from Stan's NoTubes and Specialized on February 2, 2016.

Stan's first sued Specialized in 2008, alleging that Specialized was selling rims that infrigned on the patent.  A judgment was entered against Specialized in that case in 2015, with Specialized paying compensation to Stan's NoTubes.


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