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Federal Circuit Review | August 2015

Online Banking Patents Based On “Abstract Ideas” Held Patent Ineligible Under Alice - In Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital One Bank (USA), NA, Appeal No. 2014-1506, the Federal Circuit held that claims directed to...more

Federal Circuit's en banc decision in Akamai v. Limelight results in expansion of divided infringement

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, has expanded the scope of divided infringement (sometimes called joint or split infringement), a form of direct infringement in which the steps of a method...more

Federal Circuit Resolves Divided Infringement Dispute by Broadening “Direction and Control” Standard

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on remand from the United States Supreme Court, recently held that certain method claims in a patent owned by Akamai Technologies were infringed by Akamai’s...more

Suprema, Inc. v. ITC: En Banc Federal Circuit Confirms ITC’s Jurisdiction to Exclude Articles Based on Induced Infringement

On August 10, 2015, the full US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc opinion in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC, which overturned an earlier panel decision and confirmed, by a 6–4 vote, that the International...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Defines The Rule Of Divided Infringement

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Circuit rendered what is now its second en banc ruling in Akamai Techs., Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., expanding on the scope of what constitutes divided infringement under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Divided Federal Circuit Says U.S.I.T.C. May Exclude Indirectly Infringing Items

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is a powerful tool for enforcing intellectual property rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently expanded that power – at least for the time being,...more

IP Newsflash - August 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Quashes $287 Million Enhanced Damages Award Finding Objectively Reasonable Defenses Raised During Litigation - The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s award of...more

En banc Federal Circuit broadens multiple-actor direct infringement (Akamai v. Limelight)

Today, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc changed direction again on § 271(a) direct infringement and ruled that Limelight was liable for direct infringement based on substantial evidence supporting the jury verdict of...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Suprema, Inc. v. ITC: ITC Can Exclude, Under Inducement Theory, Imported Products That Only Infringe...

On August 10, 2015, an en banc Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the International Trade Commission’s interpretation of Section 337 was reasonable and therefore that the ITC has the authority to exclude,...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Keeps Induced Infringement Alive at the ITC

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en banc opinion today finding that induced infringement may form the basis for an investigation of unfair import practices at the International Trade Commission (ITC)....more

District Court Upholds Food Effect Limitation Inherency After Remand From the Federal Circuit

In December of last year, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland’s (“the Court”) decision finding U.S. Patent No. 7,101,576 (“the ‘576 patent”) invalid as obvious. See...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - July - August 2015

Protecting Trade Secrets in the Era of the Data Breach - The prevalence of data breaches cannot be ignored. New data breaches continue to occur one after an-other. In the first half of 2015 alone there were reports of...more

Federal Circuit Provides Plain Language Test for Analogous Art

Whether or not a prior art reference constitutes “analogous art” for purposes of an obviousness inquiry under 35 U.S.C. § 103 has been the subject of debate in many instances. On July 28, 2015, the Federal Circuit, in Circuit...more

No En Banc Review of Panel Decision Vacating a Civil Contempt Remedye - Plus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc.

Addressing the issue of contempt for violation of a non-final injunction, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to rehear en banc a panel decision that vacated a civil contempt holding for violation...more

Poor Litigation Conduct by Prevailing Party Not Enough to Obviate Exceptional-Case Doctrine - Gaymar Indus., Inc. v. Cincinnati...

Addressing the degree to which litigation conduct can preclude the recovery of fees under 35 U.S. C. § 285, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the denial of a fee award, finding that sloppy litigation...more

Federal Circuit Throws Out a Willful Infringement Verdict Due to Lack of Standing - Alps South, LLC v. The Ohio Willow Wood Co.

Addressing the issue of standing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a jury verdict of willful infringement, finding that plaintiff did not possess all substantial rights to enforce the patent at the...more

Writ of Certiorari Denied in Oracle v. Google: Software Declaring Code, Including Structure, Sequence, and Organization Remains...

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Google, Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari, leaving intact the Federal Circuit’s holding that Oracle’s Java API software, and particularly the API declaring source code, is...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Claim Construction Cannot Be Unreasonable - Microsoft Corp., v. Proxyconn, Inc.

Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) has the authority to use the broadest reasonable interpretation claim...more

No Deference by the Federal Circuit to Lower Courts’ Claim Construction Findings - Kaneka Corp. v. Xiamen Kingdomway Grp.; TomTom,...

Addressing issues of claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed the decisions of two district courts, shedding some light on the impact of the Teva decision on its claim...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Landmark FRAND Decision and Jury Verdict

The Ninth Circuit yesterday (July 30, 2015) issued one of the most significant appellate opinions regarding standard essential patents (SEPs) subject to commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #4

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Grants Mandamus Disallowing Use of U.S. Discovery in Foreign Proceedings - The Federal Circuit has granted mandamus vacating a New Jersey district court’s order that allowed...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Prior Art in Obviousness Analysis

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit in Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ, Inc. clarified the standard by which a reference may be considered prior art for the purposes of an obviousness determination. See No. 2015-1155, Slip. Op....more

Teva Review Standard Controls Lighting Ballast on Remand - Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics North America Corp.

In yet another post-Teva claim construction case (see discussion of Teva v. Sandoz, Shire Development v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Kaneka Corp. v. Xiamen Kingdomway Grp. and TomTom, Inc. v. Adolph cases (this edition) the U.S....more

The Federal Circuit Reviews Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions on Inter Partes Review

There are now three decisions of the Federal Circuit on appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on inter partes reviews: - In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC - Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC and -...more

Expert Testimony Not Always a Guarantee for Appellate Review with Deference - Shire Development v. Watson Pharmaceuticals; Teva...

Addressing the impact of expert testimony used during claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a case remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court, following its January 5, 2015 decision in Teva...more

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