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Federal Circuit Clarifies That It Still Lacks Jurisdiction To Review Whether Petition Was Time-Barred

A “determination by the Director whether to institute an inter partes review under this section shall be final and nonappealable.” 35 U.S.C. § 314(d). A series of decisions from the Federal Circuit have clarified to what...more

CAFC Says Functional Claim Language Does Not Create Divided Infringement

In LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corporation, one of the many issues the Federal Circuit decided was that functional claim language did not create a divided infringement situation, even though an independent actor could impact...more

Searching for Causation in ACTOS Complaint

How explicitly must a complaint sounding in antitrust allege causation? At oral argument last week, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit evaluated the sufficiency of the plaintiffs’ allegations that certain Takeda...more

Federal Circuit Applies Prosecution History Estoppel to Issued Claims Based on Amendments Made to Previously Canceled Claims

On September 8, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision from the Eastern District of Virginia in which the district court held that UCB, Inc.’s Cimzia® antibody does not infringe Yeda’s U.S. Patent No. 6,090,923 (“the...more

Substantial Evidence Supported Infringement of Limitations That Did Not Need Construction

In Lifenet Health v. Lifecell Corporation, [2015-1549](September 16, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,569,200 on plasticized soft tissue grafts suitable for...more

Trying to Erase the Past: Judge Won’t Vacate Section 101 Ruling After Settlement

Order Denying Motion to Vacate Judgment, Protegrity USA, Inc. v. Netskope, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02515-YGR (Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) - When parties settle a case, they usually want to put it all behind them and move...more

Preliminary Injunction Granted Due to Weakened Invalidity Defense in Light of Inter Partes Review Decision

A judge in the Northern District of California has enjoined a group of defendants from selling a laboratory DNA sequencing machine. The plaintiff first asserted the patent against one defendant in litigation in the District...more

PTAB Decision to Institute Despite Alleged § 315 Time Bar is Not Reviewable

Wi-Fi One LLC argued that Broadcom Corp. was barred from petitioning for inter partes review under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) because it was in privity with a time-barred district court litigant. To determine whether a petitioner...more

Litigation Alert: The Federal Circuit Forms a Trio of Patent Eligible Subject Matter for Software Methods, Reversing Finding of...

Last week, the Federal Circuit again addressed when claimed methods involving software are too abstract to be patentable. The Federal Circuit in McRO Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America held that a combination of steps using...more

Federal Circuit Overturns PTAB Denial of Motion to Amend Claims in IPR Proceeding

Veritas Technologies LLC v. Veeam Software Corp., No. 2015-1894 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 30, 2016). On recurring controversy in AIA trials is the difficulty patent owners face meeting the PTAB’s strict requirements for amending...more

LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The complexities that can be attendant on defending against an infringement allegation, and the possibility that a straightforward path to non-infringement can be complicated by claim construction even for terms construed...more

Amgen’s Federal Circuit Appeal: the Importance of Manufacturing Information to Biosimilar Litigation

Amgen has filed its appeal brief in Amgen v. Hospira, following the Federal Circuit’s denial of Hospira’s motion to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. The appeal presents an important question for biosimilar...more

Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Compliance with PTAB’s Requirements for Motion to Amend Arbitrary and Capricious?

In Veritax Technologies LLC, v. Veeam Software Corp., [2015-1894] (August 30, 2016), the Federal Circuit vacated the PTAB’s denial of the patent owner’s motion to amend in IPR2014-00090 as arbitrary and capricious....more

Federal Circuit Review | August 2016

Federal Circuit Holds That Using A Contract Manufacturer Does Not Trigger An On-Sale Bar - In The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., Appeal Nos. 2014-1469, -1504, the Federal Circuit, en banc, held that the patentee’s deal...more

ITC Declines to File Petition for Certiorari – CAFC Holding that ITC Does Not Have Jurisdiction over Digital Imports Stands

The deadline has come and gone for the ITC and patentee Align to file petitions for certiorari seeking review by the Supreme Court of the Federal Circuit’s decision in ClearCorrect. On November 10, 2015, a panel of the...more

Indefiniteness of Means-Plus-Function Claims

Addressing both the circumstances that lead to a claim limitation invoking a means-plus-function construction and indefiniteness issues for means-plus-function claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed...more

PTAB Reversed Based on Non-Analogous Art Theory

Although In re Natural Alternatives LLC (Fed. Cir. August 31, 2016) is not an IPR appeal, it should be of interest to those who care about IPRs and PGRs because it reflects a successful appeal from the Patent Trial & Appeal...more

Federal Circuit Will Review PTAB Rules for Claim Amendments in AIA Reviews

The full US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an order granting en banc review of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s or Board’s) rules governing amendments filed in the course of America Invents Act...more

Need for Illumination of Maximum Recovery Rule Warrants Interlocutory Appeal

Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts recently issued an order paving the way for the Trustees of Boston University to seek an interlocutory appeal to clarify the Maximum Recovery Rule for remittitur....more

Despite PTAB “Sweet Talk” Federal Circuit Reverses Invalidity Of Deicing Patent

The Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidity decision last week that had found a patent for a molasses-based, road deicing agent obvious over earlier patents on sugar-related inventions. The...more

Estoppel Prevents Second IPR Petition Even When New References Were Missed By First Search

In a case that appears to be a case of first impression, the PTAB found in its decision denying institution in IPR2016-00781 that a final written decision in an earlier IPR created estoppel under 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(1),...more

BPCIA 180-Day Notice of Intent to Market a Biosimilar Is Required, Enforceable by Injunction

In an opinion that details many intricacies of both the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) and related portions of the Patent Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a...more

Indirect Infringement Not Overcome by Objective Strength of Non-Infringement Case

Addressing indirect infringement and claim construction issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court on three of the four patents at issue, finding that it applied the wrong standard for...more

Federal Circuit Demonstrates Willingness to Rein in PTAB’s Onerous Idle Free Rules Regarding Claim Amendments

Patentees have been generally frustrated with the Board’s unwillingness to grant motions to amend. The Board’s Idle Free case, and its progeny, have added a number of requirements to a motion to amend that are above and...more

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