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When Does “On” Mean “On”? Judge Netburn Holds That It Depends.

On September 11, 2017, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn (S.D.N.Y.) issued a claim construction ruling on, among other things, the construction of the word “on” across four different patents directed to semiconductor lasers. In...more

Framework for Swiss-form claim construction in Australia: Is it really about objective intent?

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

This article looks at the current status of construction of Swiss-style claims in Australia, provides a framework by which construction of Swiss-style claims can be assessed, and concludes that although the position is not...more

Visual Memory v. Nvidia – Configurability of memory system found to be a basis for patent-eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

The Federal Circuit recently decided a patent subject-matter eligibility case relating to computer memory in Visual Memory LLC v. Nvidia Corp. In a divided opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held...more

In Precedential Decision, Board Says Packard, Not Nautilus, Governs Indefiniteness During Pre-Issuance Examination

by Jones Day on

...In a recent (and rare) precedential decision, the Board reaffirmed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus does not change “the USPTO’s long-standing approach to indefiniteness” in the context of pre-issuance...more

Stronger Patents Act: 5 Significant Proposed Changes to Inter Partes Reviews

by Revision Legal on

Recently, Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del) introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. So far, this is the only legislation introduced in this Congress addressing any sort of patent reform. The proposal would significantly...more

In re McAward (PTAB 2017)

Patent law can be apparently inconsistent, particularly where claim construction is concerned. For example, claim construction standards that apply in district court are not the same standards that the U.S. Patent and...more

Disclosed Structure Restricts Breadth of Means-Plus-Function Limitations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an opinion addressing claim construction and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) jurisdiction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that while the PTAB had the authority to consider the patentability...more

[Webinar] Functional Claiming: The Turbulent Seas of Prosecution and Claim Construction - September 13th, 10:00am China, CST

Two years have passed since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, a landmark case redefining the standard for determining whether claim terms should be construed as...more

Court Bounces Untimely Extrinsic Evidence in Claim Construction Phase

In order to carry out the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination” of the cases before them, courts rely on scheduling orders to ensure that cases move forward in a timely and efficient manner. In patent cases, where...more

Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corp. (E.D. Tex. 2017)

Last week, in Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corp., U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a report and recommendation ("Recommendation") on a Motion For...more

Handling Improper Coaching of Witnesses During PTAB Deposition Proceedings

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Many attorneys have encountered an opposing party’s witness that provides very concise, supportive responses to the questions of the witness’s own attorney after a recess in a deposition. Often, these helpful responses occur...more

Early Summary Judgment Denied in Stapler Patent Lawsuit

Judge Gorton in the District of Massachusetts recently denied an early summary judgment motion filed in a patent infringement suit, holding the motion to be premature on two grounds. First, a scheduled claim construction...more

Judge Oetken Construes Twenty-Nine Claim Terms in “Relatively Large” Markman Opinion

On August 10, 2017, District Judge Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) construed 29 claim terms in a dispute between Defendant Comcast Corporation, et al. (“Comcast”) and Plaintiff Rovi Guides, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Rovi”). The...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Visual Memory v. Nvidia reverses the grant of a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), ruling that the claims recite an enhanced computer memory system and not an abstract idea under § 101. In Georgetown Rail v. Holland, the...more

The PTAB Reaches Same Determination After Remand Despite Having Construction and Analysis Set Aside

by Knobbe Martens on

On July 28, 2017, the PTAB issued a final written decision holding all claims unpatentable in an IPR after the Fed. Cir. vacated and remanded the PTAB’s previous final written decision. On remand, the PTAB reached the same...more

Changes to PTAB Practice Proposed by STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

The STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of 2017 was recently introduced in the Senate by a bipartisan group led by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and co-sponsored...more

Patent claim construction in Australia: Federal Court confirms the need for careful consideration of the use of “comprising” and...

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

In contested patent proceedings in Australia the interpretation of claim features that are introduced using the words “comprise” or “contain” is frequently in issue. An August 2017 decision of the Federal Court is an example...more

Judge Cote Rules Claim Preamble is Limiting and Not So “Elastic” as to Be Indefinite

On August 4, 2017, District Judge Denise Cote issued a claim construction order that held the preamble of claim 1 of Lumos Technology Co., Ltd.'s ("Lumos") U.S. Patent No. 8,746,906 ("the '906 patent") is limiting and that a...more

Doctrine of Equivalents under Enzo Biochem Inc. v. Applera Corp.

by Knobbe Martens on

Before Prost, O’Malley, and Wallach. Appeal from the District of Connecticut (nonprecedential). On August 2, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut granting...more

CAFC Finds Another PTAB Claim Construction Unreasonable and Again Reverses an Invalidity Holding

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the meaning of terms used in challenged claims of an unexpired patent are given their broadest reasonable interpretation in light of the claim language and the specification. The...more

PTAB Grants Contingent Motion to Amend on Remand from Federal Circuit

On July 17, 2017, the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (the “Board”) granted in-part, Patent Owner’s conditional motion to amend on remand from an appeal to the Federal Circuit. In a final written decision issued in April 2015,...more

What To Expect in the Future with the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In late June 2017, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) co-sponsored and introduced in the U.S. Senate the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s...more

U.S. Patent Legislation: The STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In June, three democratic senators (Chris Coons from Delaware, Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Mazie Hirono from Hawaii) and one republican senator (Tom Cotton from Arkansas) introduced the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.” One...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - July 2017

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Millennium Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz Inc. (No. 2015-2006, 7/17/17) (Newman, Mayer, O'Malley) - Newman, J.Reversing and vacating judgments of invalidity for obviousness in consolidated appeals. ...more

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