Indefiniteness

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Federal Circuit En Banc Decision in Williamson v. Citrix Overrules Long Line of Precedent Regarding Functional Claiming and § 112,...

On June 16, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online, overruling en banc a long line of precedent regarding functional claiming and affirming a District Court decision finding asserted...more

Partial Summary Judgment Of Invalidity Due To Indefiniteness Is Granted

The parties dispute whether the limitation "processing system" is indefinite. Defendant argues that the limitation is indefinite, because the structural limitation, "processing system," is only described functionally. The...more

No Substantial Change in Standard for Indefiniteness Under “Reasonable Certainty” Test - Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus,...

In an opinion addressing the standard for indefiniteness in view of the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2014 “reasonable certainty” test, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit maintained its reversal of the...more

Federal Circuit Review | May 2015

Overly Narrow Statement Of Problem Can Show Reliance On Hindsight - In INSITE VISION INCORPORATED v. SANDOZ, INC., Appeal No. 2014-1065, the Federal Circuit held that enunciating an overly narrow statement of the problem...more

Indefiniteness Before the PTAB [Video]

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of post-grant decisions on the issue of indefiniteness. What does this mean for patent owners and petitioners? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss the Patent Trial...more

“A Hole” Can Refer to Multiple Holes - Eidos Display, LLC v. AU Optronics Corp.

Addressing indefiniteness in a post-Nautilus world, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the claim limitation “a contact hole” could refer to multiple, separate contact holes and was not indefinite...more

IP Newsflash - May 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Subjective Term Not Indefinite when Intrinsic Record Provides Reasonably Certain Scope - On remand from the Supreme Court, on April 27, 2015, the Federal Circuit reassessed whether...more

Biosig Claims Pass Reasonable Certainty Test

In its decision on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit once again held the Biosig patent claims not indefinite, reversing the district court decision to the contrary. The decision came in Biosig Instruments,...more

Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The Federal Circuit considered the question of indefiniteness on remand from the Supreme Court's reversal in Nautilus v. Biosig and, perhaps not surprisingly, found again that the Biosig's claims were not indefinite....more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2015

No Recovery Of Lost Profits From Related Companies’ Activities - In WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. v. NUVASIVE, INC., Appeal Nos. 2013-1576, -1577, the Federal Circuit held that a company was not entitled to lost profits based...more

Intellectual Property Legal News: Volume 2, Number 1

TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS: IS IT TIME TO RETHINK HOW YOU WILL ARGUE CLAIM CONSTRUCTION? The United States Supreme Court decided in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. that the Federal Circuit must review all...more

Shifting Claim Constructions Does Not Make For “Watertight” Claims

Order on Claim Construction and Partial Summary Judgment, Aquatic AV, Inc. v. Magnadyne Corp. et al., Case No. C 14-01931 (Judge William Alsup) - A patent plaintiff typically hates getting boxed into a specific meaning...more

Court Rules On Claim Construction And Indefiniteness

Robinson, J. Claim construction opinion issues. The court considers terms from six patents relating to optical sensor circuit modules....more

Intellectual Property 2014 Year In Review

There were a number of notable developments in patent case law in 2014. Key decisions from the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court tackled a variety of key issues, including patent eligibility of software and business methods,...more

Top Stories of 2014: #6 to #4

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its eighth annual list of top patent stories. For 2014, we identified eighteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we...more

Don’t Forget Indefiniteness as a Ground for Invalidation in a CBM Patent Review

The PTAB recently instituted a covered business method patent review (CBM) based on grounds that include asserted indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph....more

Pyrrhic Victory: IPR Petition Denied Because Claims Indefinite

Patent Owner won a Pyrrhic victory in Facebook v. TLI Communications, IPR2014-00566, wherein the Board denied the Petition, but for a reason that calls into question the future viability of the patent-in-suit. Namely, the...more

Corresponding Structure Required to Avoid Indefiniteness

Robert Bosch, LLC v. Snap-On, Inc. - In the context of addressing claim indefiniteness under § 112, ¶ 2, for lack of disclosure correspondence to a means plus function claim element (under § 112, ¶ 6) the U.S. Court of...more

Indefiniteness: Are You Reasonably Certain?

The indefiniteness standard has, until recently, been very high—only an “insolubly ambiguous claim” was considered indefinite (see, e.g., Honeywell Intern., Inc. v. International Trade, 341 F. 3d 1332, 1338–9 (Fed. Cir....more

Motion to Reconsider Claim Construction Order on Indefiniteness after Nautilus Denied Where District Court Found Term Definite

Defendant Stealth Cam, LLC ("Stealth Cam") requested that the district court reconsider its Claim Construction Order holding that the term "extending parallel" was not indefinite. The district court first noted that...more

Patent Update for IT and Biotech Companies: New Pieces to the Patent Puzzle

In This Presentation: - PATENT ELIGIBLE SUBJECT MATTER: LIFE IN SOFTWARE/IT AFTER ALICE CORPORATION V. CLS BANK (AND OTHER RECENT 101 DECISIONS) - A Brief History with respect to Software and Biz...more

Terms of Degree Must Provide Objective Boundaries

Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc. - Providing further elaboration on the “reasonable certainty” standard in an indefiniteness analysis involving a term of degree, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Patent Law Developments: Indefiniteness and Damages

Interval Licensing v. AOL, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)- The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Interval Licensing v. AOL, Inc. is the first case interpreting the general (and highly criticized) standard...more

Court Denies Summary Judgment Motion as Premature Prior to Markman Hearing

Pipeline Technologies Inc. ("Pipeline") filed a patent infringement action against Telog Instruments Inc. ("Telog"). Telog filed a motion for summary judgment, seeking summary judgment on the ground that the disputed claims...more

Court Finds Patent Indefiniteness In Unobtrusive Claims

In Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., the Federal Circuit applied the test for patent indefiniteness set forth in the recent Supreme Court decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, and found that claims reciting an...more

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