Last Month at the Federal Circuit - January 2011


In this issue: Case Transferred from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California; Federal Circuit Invalidates as Obvious Patent That Updates a Prior Art System with Modern Electronic Devices; Inventions with Specific Improvements to Existing Technologies Are Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101; Prosecution History Estoppel from Distinguishing Argument Overcomes Claim Differentiation Based on Facially Narrower Dependent Claim; Entry of Stipulated Final Judgment Does Not Waive Right to Appeal; Transfer out of Eastern District of Texas Denied as Trial Courts Receive Considerable Discretion in Venue Determinations; Eligibility of Claims Previously Held Valid Under Machine-or-Transformation Test Reaffirmed; Agency Relationship or Contractual Obligation to Perform Steps Required for a Finding of Joint Infringement; ITC Not Required to Apply Four-Factor Test for Injunctive Relief; Reasonable Mistakes and Poor Judgment During Prosecution Do Not Amount to Inequitable Conduct; and more...

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