Covered Business Method Patents

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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit Expands Liability for Divided Patent Infringement

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Circuit in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. changed the law regarding liability for direct infringement of a method patent involving more than one actor (divided...more

USPTO Proposes New Rules For PTAB Trial Proceedings

Practice Points: USPTO responds to public comments on PTAB trial procedures, publishes several proposed rule changes for 60 day comment period....more

Federal Circuit Limits “Divided Infringement” Defense – Precise Contours Of Direct Infringement Remain Uncertain

Practice Points - Federal Circuit finds Limelight liable for direct infringement even though Limelight’s customers performed certain steps of Akamai’s patented process. - Defendants may be liable as direct...more

Federal Circuit Expands Scope of Liability for Divided Infringement

The Federal Circuit, sitting en banc in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., this week adopted a new standard governing divided infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). The new standard is likely to enhance...more

Is the gaping hole closing?

Last week, the Federal Circuit in Akamai Technologies Inc. et al. v. Limelight Networks Inc., No. 09-1372 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 13, 2015), overruled prior decisions to the extent they indicate that direct infringement of method...more

Federal Circuit Defines Joint Tortfeasor Infringement Liability in Akamai v. Limelight

The Federal Circuit issued a unanimous en banc decision yesterday regarding when joint tortfeasors may be held liable for literal infringement in Akamai Technologies Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. In its opinion, the court...more

In “Limelight”, Unanimous Federal Circuit Outlines Framework for Direct Infringement of Method Claims

In a unanimous full court decision issued last week, the Federal Circuit availed itself of “the opportunity to revisit the § 271(a) question” left unanswered by the Supreme Court last year, and outlined “the governing legal...more

Federal Circuit Panel Expands Reach of §271(a) Liability for Divided Infringement

On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, a unanimous en banc Federal Circuit panel in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Network, Inc., Nos. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 (August 13, 2015) this week revised its standard...more

Expansion of Direct Infringement in Federal Circuit’s Akamai Decision a Big Win for Patent Holders

In a victory for holders of method patents, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision yesterday expanding the scope of direct infringement when multiple parties perform different steps of an invention. In its unanimous...more

Federal Circuit Broadens Test for Direct Infringement

On August 13, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision in the long standing patent dispute between Limelight Networks, Inc. and Akamai Technologies, Inc. The dispute is centered on an...more

The New Broader Standard for Divided Patent Infringement

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. unanimously overruled its prior narrow interpretation of divided infringement....more

Smartflash v. Apple: District Court Stays Case Sua Sponte Based on Pending Covered Business Method ("CBM") Patent Review

The court had previously stayed a cased pending between Smartflash LLC and Amazon and simultaneously declined to stay an earlier-filed case between Smartflash LLC and Apple, Inc. because the stay request came after a jury...more

En banc Federal Circuit Affirms ITC’s Authority to Issue Exclusion Orders for Induced Infringement of Method Claims

Reversing an earlier panel decision, the en banc Federal Circuit confirmed that the ITC has the authority to issue exclusion orders against imported products that ultimately are used to infringe method claims, even if those...more

Suprema v. ITC: En Banc Federal Circuit Overturns Panel Decision, Finds ITC Has Jurisdiction Over Induced Infringement of Method...

Yesterday morning, the full Federal Circuit issued its en banc opinion in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC and reversed the controversial Federal Circuit opinion that had effectively precluded the International Trade Commission from...more

ITC Has Power Over Imported Articles With Potential to Induce Infringement

On Aug. 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a much-anticipated opinion confirming the authority of U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “the Commission”) to stop importation of articles which are used, after...more

Swiss-form claims: not the same as methods of medical treatment?

Why have a Swiss-form claim in an Australian patent when methods of medical treatment are patentable? In a recent first instance decision of the Federal Court of Australia, Swiss-form claims have been held to be method...more

Claim Construction Opinion Issues Regarding Method Claim To Prevent Copying

Stark, C. J. The court construed 13 disputed terms and order issue from one patent which relates to a method for preventing unauthorized copying of downloaded data in a computer system. Argument took place on July 20, 2015....more

What Constitutes a Covered Business Method Patent? - Square Inc. v. Protegrity Corp.

Addressing a request for rehearing and to expand the panel, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that it did not abuse its discretion in instituting a covered business method (CBM) review and declined to...more

The gaping hole of patent infringement liability

Just over a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2111 (2014) held that where a method claim is not directly infringed by a single entity, there can be no claim...more

PTAB Decisions Add Some Clarity to Estoppel in AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) created three new mechanisms for members of the public, including competitors, to challenge the validity of an issued U.S. Patent. As of June 30, 2015, 3,160 petitions for inter...more

Federal Circuit Adopts USPTO Positions in Clarifying Ground Rules For CBM Review, Holds Versata Pricing Patent Invalid

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) introduced post-grant administrative proceedings as a new mechanism for challenging the validity of issued patents without the need to resort to federal court litigation. In a recent...more

Kaneka v. Xiamen Kingdomway Group: Implicit Order Read into Method Steps of Industrial Biotechnology Patent

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Kaneka Corp. v. Xiamen Kingdomway Group Co. (Fed. Cir. 2015) serves as a reminder that courts may implicitly read an order into a patent’s method claim steps, even if the applicant did...more

Federal Circuit Answers Questions About Covered Business Method Review Proceedings

In Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., the Federal Circuit outlined the permitted extent of judicial review of Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review proceedings conducted by the USPTO Patent Trial and...more

CBM Claims Not Addressed in the PTAB's Final Decision May Be Challenged in a Follow-On CBM Proceeding

Last week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board added a decision declining to apply estoppel under 35 USC 325(e)(1) to dismiss a follow-on CBM proceeding in Westlake Services LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp., CBM2014-00176 to the...more

The Federal Circuit Reconsiders Multi-Actor Direct Infringement

On May 13, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued the Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. opinion, where it reconsidered multi-actor direct infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). On remand from the Supreme Court,...more

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