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Don’t Let Protective Orders Trip Up Your IPR Strategy

The PTAB recently addressed what is a common – but unnecessary – problem created by a protective order issued in a parallel Federal District Court litigation. In B/E Aerospace Industries, LLC v. MAG Aerospace Industries,...more

Claim Amendments Are Not Always What They Seem - R+L Carriers, Inc. v. Qualcomm, Inc.

Addressing whether language added to a claim during ex parte re-examination resulted in substantive changes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of the infringement claims,...more

The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc.

Case Name: The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., Fed. Cir. Nos. 2014-1469, -1504, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11410 (Fed. Cir. July 2, 2015) (Circuit Judges Dyk, Wallach, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Hughes, J.) (Appeal from D....more

Allergan, Inc., v. Sandoz Inc.

Case Name: Allergan, Inc., v. Sandoz Inc., Civ. No. 2014-1275, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 13616 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 4, 2015) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Linn, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Lourie, J.) (Appeal from E.D. Tex., Schneider,...more

District Court Excludes 15 Prior Art References Not Disclosed in Invalidity Contentions

In this patent infringement action, Plaintiffs filed motions in limine to exclude 15 prior art references that defendants intend to use to show the state of the art pertinent to the patents-in-suit. Defendants included the 15...more

Turf Wars: District Court Permits Expert to Use Replicas of Athletic Fields in Front of Jury

The plaintiffs, Fieldturf USA and Tarkett Inc. (collectively, "Fieldturf") filed a patent infringement action against Astroturf LLC ("Astroturf"). In defense, Astroturf intended to present expert testimony on anticipation...more

District Court Awards Defendant Its IPR-Related Fees Under § 285

In Deep Sky Software, Inc. v. Southwest Airlines Co., Defendant Southwest Airlines ("Southwest") sought its fees and costs following the successful inter partes review of the patent-in-suit, which resulted in all of the...more

Judgment On The Pleadings Is Granted Due To Unpatentable Claims

The disputed patent describes a method and system for processing payments for remotely purchased goods. Defendant claims the patent is invalid because the claims at issue embody the abstract idea of paying for remote orders...more

Court Compels Production Of Core Technical Documents But Declines To Correct Claims In The Patents

Fallon, M. J. Plaintiff’s motion to compel documents is granted in part and denied in part. Its motion to correct and amend its motion to compel is denied as moot. Its motion to amend its complaint is denied as moot. Its...more

Asserted Claims In ANDA Case Are Invalid Due To Obviousness

This ANDA case concerns generic versions of bortezomib, marketed as Velcade® and used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. One prior art patent identifies bortezomib as a potent anti-cancer drug. The parties...more

Gaming Method Patent Is Held Invalid On Motion To Dismiss

Defendant claims the patent-in-suit claims ineligible subject matter and is therefore invalid under § 101. The invention uses computer technology for promotional gaming methods. Applying the 2-step Alice step, The court...more

Defendants’ Potential Liability Is Not Limited To 2% Of Accused Products Shipped To Delaware

Plaintiff asserts jurisdiction under the stream-of-commerce theory. Defendants shipped approximately 2% of the accused products from their Indiana manufacturing facility to two customer distribution facilities in Delaware. ...more

Claims Are Construed Relating To Bone Screw Technology

Globus Medical, Inc. v. Depuy Synthes Products, LLC., et al., C.A. No. 13-854-LPS, August 14, 2015 - Stark, C.J. Claim construction opinion regarding 10 terms from 2 patents-in-suit...more

Inequitable Conduct Counterclaim Remains In The Case For Trial

Burke, M.J. Report and Recommendation that (1) Defendants’ Lambda and LOS’s motion to exclude opinions of Dr. Wayne Knox be denied as moot; (2) that defendant Tzathas’ motion for summary judgment be denied; and (3) that the...more

Federal Circuit Provides Plain Language Test for Analogous Art

Whether or not a prior art reference constitutes “analogous art” for purposes of an obviousness inquiry under 35 U.S.C. § 103 has been the subject of debate in many instances. On July 28, 2015, the Federal Circuit, in Circuit...more

District Court Finds Enhanced Patent Indefiniteness

I don’t usually write about district court decisions, but the patent indefiniteness ruling in Andrulis Pharmaceuticals Corp. v. Celgene Corp. (D. Del., July 26, 2015), caught my attention. The court held the asserted claim...more

Inventorship, Ownership Issues Cause Dismissal of Suit

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed a long standing patent infringement suit brought by StemCells, Inc. against Neuralstem, Inc., on the ground that all those with an ownership...more

Federal Circuit Review | July 2015

Nunc Pro Tunc Assignments Insufficient To Confer Retroactive Standing - In ALPS SOUTH, LLC v. OHIO WILLOW WOOD CO., Appeal Nos. 2013-1452, 2013-1488, 2014-1147, and 2014-1426, the Federal Circuit reversed the denial of a...more

District Court Lifts Stay after PTAB Confirms Eight Claims Even Though Defendant Planned to Appeal to the Federal Circuit

The district court had previously granted Defendant Respironics, Inc.'s ("Respironics") unopposed motion to stay the patent infringement action filed by the plaintiff, Zoll, pending an inter partes review ("IPR") of the...more

Claim Construction Opinion Issues

Cornerstone Biopharma Inc., et al. v Exela Pharma Sciences LLC, et al., C.A. No. 13-1275 - GMS, July 9, 2015. Sleet, J. The court construes 4 terms in a case with four patents in suit....more

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al. v. Forest Laboratories, Inc., C.A. No. 13-2002 - GMS, July 9, 2015

Sleet, J. The court considers 6 terms from on patent-in-suit. The patent-in-suit relates to a method of preparing an analgesic pharmaceutical composition for the administration of an NMDA receptor antagonist....more

Markman Decision Issues In Dispute Relating To A Method For Representation Of Space-Related Data Of An Object

ART+COM Innovationpool GmbH v. Google Inc., C.A. No. 14-217 – RGA, June 26, 2015. Andrews, J. The court considers 14 terms from the patent-in-suit. Oral argument took place on May 12, 2015....more

ITC Section 337 Update - June 2015 #2

Second 100-Day ID Finds Complainant Has Standing In 949 Investigation – As mentioned in prior coverage, on March 12, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Investigation in Certain Audio Processing Hardware and Software,...more

Emergency Motion to Stay Granted Where PTAB Issued Decision Invalidating All Asserted Claims

Defendants filed an emergency motion to stay the case pending an appeal of the PTAB's decision that invalidated all of the asserted claims in the patent-in-suit. Earlier in this case, Defendants had petitioned for inter...more

Case Dismissed After Claims Upon Which Lawsuit Was Initiated Were Cancelled During Re-Examination

Defendant Extended Disc North America, Inc. ("EDNA") filed a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity, and, alternatively, a motion to dismiss against plaintiff Target Training International, Ltd.'s...more

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