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Federal Circuit Issues Second Reversal in an Inter Partes Review Finding the PTAB’s Obviousness Analysis to Contain “Legal Errors”...

On November 3, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC1, a rare precedential opinion reversing a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review proceeding. This is...more

Federal Circuit Clarity on Key IPR Issues May Be on the Way

We are entering an interesting phase in the development of inter partes review proceedings as more and more of the contours of these proceedings are being heard by the Federal Circuit. To date, the Federal Circuit has made...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2015

Federal Circuit Revives Possibility of Permanent Injunction in Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute - In Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Appeal No. 2014-1802, the Federal Circuit reversed for abuse of discretion the...more

A Split Decision Remains Split; No en banc Review of Amgen v. Sandoz

On October 16, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) opted not to rehear its previously issued split decision in the court’s first analysis of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation...more

Is Inter Partes Review Set for Supreme Court Review?

In re Cuozzo Speed Tech., LLC presented the Federal Circuit with its first opportunity to address important, open questions about how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) handles its relatively new Inter Partes Review...more

Bad Day for California as TTA Sales Tax Exemption for Software Is Broadly Reaffirmed by Appellate Court – Will Taxpayer Refund...

In a significant rebuff of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), the California Second District Court of Appeal held that a manufacturer’s sale of software on tangible media was exempt from sales tax under the...more

Omitted Inventors May Have Standing To Seek Patent Correction Based On “Reputational” Injury

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled that a plaintiff not named as a joint inventor on several patents and pending patent applications has standing to maintain an action to correct inventorship...more

Enablement: Multiple Measurement Methods Can Lead to the Same Result - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien, Inc.

Addressing the issues of indefiniteness and non-infringement for both utility and design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment...more

Patent Owner’s Licensing Program Was Fatal to Its Patent Infringement Theory - JVC Kenwood Corporation v. Nero, Inc.

Addressing whether an accused defendant infringed patents through the distribution of its software, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s summary judgment that the defendant did not...more

Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: A Midyear Assessment

The America Invents Act established inter partes review and post-grant reviews mechanisms to challenge the validity of issued United States patents. These procedures were created to improve patent quality, and were introduced...more

IP Newsflash - October 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Remands Case For New Damages Trial in Design Patent Case - On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the Federal Circuit remanded a case for a new damages trial in a design patent...more

Laches As a Defense to Patent Damages Survives – For Now

In last week’s 6-5 decision in SCA Hygiene Prod. v. First Quality Baby Prod., LLC, No. 2013-1564, 2015 WL 5474261 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 18, 2015), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, reaffirmed that...more

Clarifying the Post-Nautilus Indefiniteness Standard - The Dow Chemical Co. v. NOVA Chemicals Corp. et al.

Addressing the post-Nautilus indefiniteness standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a jury’s finding that the claims-at-issue are not indefinite and similarly reversed an associated order granting...more

Assessing Commercial Success at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board

In recent years, the U.S. patent enforcement system has witnessed significant change. In September 2012, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) created the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) to facilitate new...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on RAND Licensing Obligations

On July 30 the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant appellate decision that provides guidance regarding obligations imposed on licensors of patents that are required to comply with interoperability...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Laches Remains a Defense to Legal Relief in Patent Infringement Suits

On September 18, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, ruled (6-5) in SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products LLC et al., that laches remains a viable defense in a patent...more

USPTO Offers Small Entities One Streamlined Patent Appeal

In a September 15, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO announced a pilot program that will permit certain Small or Micro Entities to expedite a pending ex parte appeal. According to the Notice, the USPTO aims to decide...more

Federal Circuit revives injunctive relief against multi-feature products (Apple v. Samsung)

Today, a divided Federal Circuit panel issued a decision that vacates district court’s decision not to permanently enjoin Samsung from selling mobile devices having features found to infringe Apple’s patents. The majority...more

PTO Announces Requirements for Expedited Appeals for Small Entities

For some years, I have complained that the lack of a timely appeal process to the Board (“PTAB”) effectively removes the appeal process as a prosecution tool. The average pendency of an appeal to the Board from a rejection...more

District Court Stays Action Pending Appellate Review of Motion to Compel Privileged Documents

The district court had previously ordered plaintiffs to produce certain documents to the extent that documents containing communications between plaintiff and its non-attorney patent agents were not subject to the...more

Patent Update: Infringement and “Non-Infringing Alternatives”

If you are a patent owner, you are entitled to damages if someone infringes your patent. The measure of damages is compensatory damages, lost profits or a “reasonable royalty”. Is it fair for the infringer to say that the...more

Divided Infringement: A Stronger Sword for Plaintiffs

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has established a new test for “divided” patent infringement. Direct infringement of a method patent exists when a single party performs all of the steps of the claimed method. 35 U.S.C....more

PTAB Prevails in First Appeal of a CBM Review - Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc.

In the first appeal of a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB or Board) decision, and explained that the eligibility of a...more

Another Claim Bites the Dust left by Teva v. Sandoz

Although the jury found the claims valid, and the Fed. Cir. affirmed, this decision, which found that the claims were not insolubly ambiguous, was revisited by the Fed. Cir. While there are pages on issue preclusion, in the...more

Both Parties Seek En Banc Intervention in Amgen v. Sandoz

Last month, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit issued a split decision in Amgen v. Sandoz (summary; opinion). Amgen (in which Patterson Belknap represented one of the amici supporting Amgen) is the court’s first decision...more

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