Indefiniteness

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Invalidity And Non-Infringement Motions Are Denied

The disputed technology relates to a programmable communicator device capable of receiving and authenticating transmissions and storing them and further contemplates a remotely programmable device that allows for remote data...more

Inconsistent and Confusing Specification Language Does Not Support Broad Claim Construction - Trustees of Columbia Univ. v....

Addressing various claim constructions that led to a stipulated judgment of non-infringement and partial invalidity, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed two claim constructions and a related...more

Functional Claim Language Does Not Render Apparatus Claim Indefinite For Including Both Method And Apparatus

Patent applications involving electrical and/or computer related inventions often involve functional claim language. For example, software may be claimed in terms of its function. One or more components of an electrical...more

Federal Circuit Finds Claim Reciting Both Apparatus and Process Limitations May Be Definite

On March 1, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in UltimatePointer, LLC v. Nintendo Co., No. 2015-1297, 2016 BL 60387 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 01, 2016). One of the issues decided by the court was...more

When Are Method/Device Hybrid Claims Indefinite?

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in UltimatePointer v. Nintendo (Fed. Cir. Mar. 1, 2016) provides a reminder of the need to use caution when drafting a claim that could be read to cover both a device and a method of use....more

Ultimate Pointer Prevails in Indefiniteness Challenge

When is a claimed device really a claimed device? Claims for many types of tangible items, particularly computer-related inventions, include functional terminology. As the 213 blog has noted in the past, functional claiming...more

Pharmaceutical Preservative Patent Survives Indefiniteness Challenge - Senju Pharma. Co. Ltd. v. Lupin Ltd., (D.N.J. November 18,...

Applying the Supreme Court of the United States’ new indefiniteness standard from Nautilus v. Biosig, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey held three claim terms in a patent on a stabilized, opthalmic...more

It’s All “Relative”, But No Different Here Under the New Nautilus Indefiniteness Standard

Order Denying Defendant’s Motion For Summary Judgement As To Indefiniteness, Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation. Case No. 14-cv-03227-PSG (Judge Paul S. Grewal) - In one of his most famous...more

Means-Plus-Function Claim Interpretation in Patent Claims – Remember the Alamo!

The Battle of the Alamo occurred between February 23 and March 6, 1836. Here, 180 years later, during the anniversary of the Alamo, I found myself in the Eastern District of Texas at a Markman hearing – and it reminded me of...more

You Can’t Spell “Pressurized Collection Vessel” Without “Collection” (Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. v. Dow Chem. Co.)

In an opinion addressing claim construction, infringement and indefiniteness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s findings that the asserted claims were not indefinite and not...more

Federal Circuit Review | February 2016

Federal Circuit Dismisses an Appeal of an Inter Partes Reexamination for Lack of Standing Where the Appellant Failed to Establish that it was the Successor-in-Interest to the Original Petitioner - In Agilent...more

Summary Judgment Rulings Issue Regarding Image Sensor Technology

Andrews, J. Defendant Micron’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement is granted in part and denied in part; for invalidity is denied; for no indirect infringement is granted in part and denied in part. Plaintiffs’...more

Clarifying the Obscure (Claim Indefiniteness) - The Dow Chemical Co. v. Nova Chemicals Corp. et al.

Clarifying the application of the indefiniteness standard set forth in the Supreme Court’s Nautilus case, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a combined petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc...more

Driessen v. Sony Music Entertainment (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On February 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a nonprecedential opinion in a case captioned Driessen v. Sony Music Entertainment, Best Buy Stores, Fye, & Target Corp. addressing issues related to means-plus-function claims...more

Provisional Applications Narrow Construction of Four Patents, Broaden Construction of Two

In the Trustee of Columbia University in the City of New York v, Symantec Corporation, [2015-1146] (February 2, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s claim construction order and subsequent partial final...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - January 2016

Highlights of 2015 and What to Watch in 2016 in The United States - Commil USA, llC v. CiSCo SyStemS, inC. (Supreme Court, may 26, 2015). In May, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief that an asserted patent...more

What are the Rules on Indefiniteness of a Patent Specification under 35 USC § 112?

While the question was answered by the Supreme Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, 134 S. Ct. 2120 (2014), the Federal Circuit, in The Dow Chemical Company v. Nova Chemicals Corporation (Canada), (2014-1431,...more

Top Stories of 2015: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

PTAB Denies Institution Where Claim Indefiniteness Precludes Application of Prior Art to the Claims

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of inter partes review (IPR) after determining that the challenged claims were indefinite and that therefore the Board could not apply the prior art to...more

Impact of Nautilus on Biotech and Pharmaceutical Patents

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2120 (2014), the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” standard for determining whether a patent claim meets the definiteness requirement...more

“Mechanism” Claim Term Found to Be an Indefinite Means-Plus-Function Element - Media Rights Techs. v. Capital One Financial Corp.

Addressing whether a claim term was a means-plus-function term under the pre-America Invents Act (AIA) 35 U.S.C. § 112 ¶ 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit construed the disputed term as a...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

Federal Circuit Review | September 2015

Federal Circuit Remands Record Damages Award For New Trial On Extraterritorial Sales - In Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., Appeal No. 2014-1492, the Federal Circuit reversed a damages award...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

Court Invalidates Patent Claims After Refusing to Correct Alleged "Typos"

On September 10, 2015, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas invalidated as indefinite two patent claims for a remote tracking system, refusing to accept plaintiff's argument that any indefiniteness was the...more

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