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On-Sale Bar Under the America Invents Act

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit interpreted the scope of the on-sale bar provision, 35 USC § 102(a)(1), under the America Invents Act (AIA) and held that claims are invalid where there is public disclosure of...more

Heads Up! That’s Patentable Subject Matter

In addressing the first step of the Supreme Court of the United States’ § 101 framework in Alice (IP Update, Vol. 17, No. 7) evaluating whether the claimed subject matter is an abstract idea, the US Court of Appeals for the...more

No Common Law “Public Performance Right” for Broadcast of Pre-1972 Recordings

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with the New York Court of Appeals that there is no New York State common law “right of public performance” for pre-1972 recordings that is equivalent to federal copyright...more

District Courts on Willful Infringement Post-Halo

In two recent decisions addressing the issue of willful infringement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recalled its mandate, vacated portions of earlier decisions and remanded to the district court the...more

First Application of Supreme Court’s Halo Willfulness Framework

In its first post-Halo decision on willful infringement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed the district court’s award of enhanced damages in WBIP LLC v. Kohler Co., Case Nos. 15-1038; -1044...more

En Banc Court Ties On-Sale Bar to Commercial Sale in Accordance with Uniform Commercial Code

In a unanimous en banc decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit established the circumstances under which a product manufactured according to product-by-process claims is invalid under the “on-sale bar” of 35...more

Extending the Reach of Octane Fitness Under the Lanham Act **WEB ONLY**

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit adopted and applied the Supreme Court of the United States’ rationale for an award of attorneys’ fees in patent cases to a trademark case. In doing so, the Fifth Circuit aligned...more

The New Willfulness Paradigm

The Supreme Court of the United States traced two centuries of analysis related to enhanced damages in patent cases to conclude that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s two-part test, announced nearly a decade...more

Foreign Litigation Does Not Defeat Presumption of Laches - Lismont v. Alexander Binzel Corp.

Addressing laches issues in the context of a multi-jurisdictional dispute, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling that the plaintiff’s correction of inventorship lawsuit was barred...more

Repeated Disparagement of the Prior Art in the Specification Can Operate as a Clear and Unmistakable Disavowal of Claim Scope -...

Addressing issues of claim construction, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s narrow construction based on a disclaimer in the specification. Openwave Systems, Inc., NKA...more

Directing a Known Treatment to a Sub-Population of Patients Is Obvious - Prometheus Labs, Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc.

Addressing obviousness issues, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s invalidity conclusion, agreeing that the elements present in the prior art—including earlier disclosed genus...more

Transformative Parody Entitled to Independent Copyright Protections - Keeling v. Hars

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court in a rare instance where a playwright’s derivative work—a parody—fell within the fair use doctrine and acquired sufficient originality to warrant...more

The Complications of Copyrighted Images in the Yellow Pages - Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. v. Ziplocal, LP

Reviewing a spectrum of copyright-related issues following the conclusion of a jury trial, the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court, concluding that willful copyright infringement...more

Contract Manufacturing Is a Commercial Transaction for Purpose of “On-Sale” Bar - The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc.

Addressing the application of the on-sale bar under § 102(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the claims of an asserted patent were invalid based on an agreement, dated more than one year prior to...more

Empowering Customers to Sell an Exonerated Accused Product - Speedtrack Inc. v. Office Depot, Inc.

In a decision that expands a customer’s right to defend itself under the Kessler doctrine, the Federal Circuit clarified that a customer is not subject to liability for a product that has already been cleared of patent...more

No Attorneys’ Fee Award Based On Dismissed Counterclaim - Burford v. Accounting Practice Sales, Inc.

In an appeal between two parties to a contract for marketing and selling defendant’s accounting practices in various states, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit addressed whether the defendant breached the...more

What Was Old Is New Again for Means + Function Claim Elements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc for the limited purpose of revisiting when claims invoke the means-plus-function language of 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶ 6 (§ 112(6)) (now § 112(f)) replaced a part of...more

No Interlocutory Review of Pre-Institution Stay Motion’s in CBM Proceedings - Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. JPMorgan Chase &...

Upon consideration of an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed its limited jurisdiction to hear an interlocutory appeal on a motion to stay a district court proceeding under §...more

In SEP Assertion Cases, Apportionment Trumps Entire Market Rule - Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys. Inc., et al.

Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys. Inc., et al. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a spectrum of issues surrounding industry standards for electronic devices that wirelessly access the internet,...more

Reissue Patents Must Be Drawn to the Same Invention as the Original Patent

Antares Pharma, Inc. v. Medac Pharma Inc. - Addressing the original-patent requirement, tracing vintage Supreme Court cases and interpreting the statutory purpose of 35 U.S.C. § 251, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Federal Circuit Addresses Plethora of Issues in Affirming $19.5 Million Damage Award

SSL Services, LLC v. Citrix - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in an opinion that broached issues of claim construction, non-infringement, willful infringement, invalidity, the legal implications of a...more

Federal Circuit Sidesteps Constitutionality of AIA First-to-File Provision

MadStad Eng’g, Inc. v. USPTO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit faced an issue of first impression when a named inventor on three patents challenged the first-inventor-to-file provision of the America...more

No “Plausible Basis” to Establish Federal Circuit Jurisdiction in Transfer From Eleventh Circuit

Krauser v. Biohorizons, Inc. - Addressing whether a declaratory judgment action qualified as a civil action relating to patents for purposes of establishing appellate jurisdiction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Federal Circuit Orders Stay Pending Completion of CBM Review

Applying section 18(a)(1) of the America Invents Act (AIA) to an issue of first impression, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court, ordering a stay of the district court...more

Zero Damages Does Not Preclude Equitable Relief

Platypus Wear, Inc. v. Horizonte LTDA - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated and remanded a district court’s conclusion that where the jury found liability but awarded zero damages, the district...more

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