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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

Federal Circuit Reverses District Court and Orders Stay Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review

On July 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a statutory provision of the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) that permits a stay of a district court patent litigation pending a Covered...more

General Ideas Protectable as Trade Secrets in California

Altavion, Inc. v. Konica Minolta Systems Laboratory Inc. - Clarifying case law that distinguished the protection available under patent law from that available under trade secret law, the California Court of Appeal...more

Purported Inventor Fails to Prove Inventorship

General Electric Co. v. Wilkins - Addressing a claim to inventorship of an individual not listed as an inventor on two patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a...more

Expert's Failure to Properly Apply Obviousness Standard Leads to Vacated Jury Verdict

InTouch Techs., Inc. v. VGo Communications, Inc. - Addressing the sufficiency of expert testimony to support a jury’s finding of obviousness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district...more

Printed Publication Need Not Be Easily Located to Be Prior Art

Suffolk Techs., LLC v. AOL Inc. - Addressing the standard for establishing that an alleged prior art reference qualifies as a “printed publication,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed summary...more

Federal Circuit Dismisses WARF Stem Cell Case – A Missed Opportunity

Recently in Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, No. 2013-1377 (Fed. Cir. 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) dismissed Appellant Consumer Watchdog’s appeal on the...more

Only an Owner of a Patent Can Appeal Final Decisions from the PTAB

Vaillancourt v. Becton Dickinson & Co. - Addressing a patent owner’s standing under 35 U.S.C. § 141 to appeal decisions from the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in...more

Rule of Reason and Market Power

DSM Desotech Inc. v. 3D Systems, Inc. - Applying the laws of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in an appeal that no longer contained a patent claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Pre-AIA Statute Did Not Give Patent Owner in an Ex Parte Reexamination the Right to Bring an Action in District Court

In re Teles AG Informationstechnologien - Addressing whether a patent owner involved in a pre-America Invents Act (AIA) ex parte reexamination, could challenge an adverse reexamination decision in a district court...more

Federal Circuit Finds Consumer Watchdog Lacks Standing to Appeal Reexamination Decision Upholding WARF Stem Cell Patent

In Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Federal Circuit held that an inter partes reexamination requester must establish an injury in fact sufficient to confer Article III standing in order to appeal...more

What Is “a Patient?”

Braintree Labs, Inc. v. Novel Labs, Inc. - On appeal from summary judgment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit construed “a patient” to mean “a population of patients,” overturning the district court’s...more

Eastern District of Texas Can’t Keep Every Case Filed There

In re Toyota Motor Corporation - Granting a defendants’ petition for a writ of mandamus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to transfer a...more

Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit on Two Key Patent Issues

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court decided two closely-watched patent cases, unanimously reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and making it easier to defend some claims of patent infringement....more

Design Patents Go to the Dogs: District Court Not Required to Provide an Express Verbal Description of the Claimed Design

MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP - Addressing the nature of analyzing primary and secondary references for purposes of determining whether a design patent is obvious, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

It Takes One to Infringe: Akamai Ruling Holds That Induced Infringement Requires Direct Infringement by a Single Party

On June 2, 2014, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. that direct infringement by a single party is a prerequisite to a finding of induced infringement. In doing so, the...more

Combining Two Drugs Is Not Always Obvious

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Addressing the obviousness of combining two known hypertension medications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling of...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Federal Circuit’s En Banc Decision In Limelight v. Akamai and Rejects The Application Of...

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Techs., Inc., No. 12-786, ruled that a party can be liable for induced infringement under § 271(b) only when one party has committed direct infringement...more

Supreme Court Reverses En Banc Federal Circuit on Divided Patent Infringement

Yesterday in Limelight Networks, Inc., v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the en banc Federal Circuit and held that a defendant cannot be liable for inducing patent infringement under 35...more

Gilead Warns: Examine Patent Portfolios for Double Patenting Pitfalls

Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Natco Pharma Ltd. - Addressing invalidation of a patent for obviousness-type double patenting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a district court’s...more

A Combination of References Need Only Provide a “Reasonable Expectation of Success”

Hoffmann La-Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. - Addressing the validity of a dosing regimen patent in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower...more

Federal Circuit Review - Attorney's Fees, FRAND-encumbered Patents, and IPRs (May 2014)

Standard For Obtaining Attorney’s Fees Too High - In OCTANE FITNESS, LLC v. ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC., Appeal No. 12-1184, the Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of the district...more

Patent Owner Practicing the Patent Not Necessary to Secure Preliminary Injunction

Trebro Mfg., Inc. v. FireFly Equipment, LLC - Addressing whether a plaintiff that does not practice the asserted patent and did not itself invent the patent was entitled to a preliminary injunction against a...more

Is Dolly the Sheep Dead Again?

The exceptions to patent eligibility under 35 USC 101 always fell into three distinct categories: laws of nature, abstract ideas, and natural phenomena. In deciding a case about whether claims of farm animals may be...more

Edwards and Medtronic to Settle All Patent Litigation; Medtronic to Make over $1 Billion in Payments

According to a press release, Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic have agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation between the companies, including cases related to transcatheter heart valves. The press release noted...more

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