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Defendants Do Not Infringe Due To License Agreement

The disputed technology relates to a method for two-way interactivity between the cable office and the cable set top box. Plaintiff entered into an agreement with a patent aggregator RPX and its members to license the...more

District Court Strikes Expert Opinion Testimony on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Under Section 101

Defendants Metaswitch Networks Ltd and Metaswitch Networks Corp. ("Metaswitch") filed a motion to strike plaintiff's expert opinions of Mr. Lanning, including his opinions that the patents in suit claim patent-eligible...more

Patent Is Invalid Under Alice

The patent-in-suit is directed to redeeming discount offers by associating a machine-readable code with identifying items to be offered at a discount. Defendant asserts that the technology is patent ineligible under Alice....more

Bids To Dismiss Under Alice And To Transfer Fail

Plaintiff is a Delaware corporation that sells its products in various states but it is not its “home turf.” There is litigation between the parties ongoing in Utah. Since defendant sold accused products in Delaware, it may...more

A Stay of Litigation Pending IPR Does Not Provide a Basis For Extending 30-Stay of FDA ANDA Approval

On December 11, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a motion to stay a Hatch-Waxman litigation pending the outcome of inter partes reviews (IPRs) on two of the patents-in-suit...more

Judge Gilstrap awards Section 285 fees where Plaintiff’s Section 101 positions cross the “threshold of exceptionality.”

On December 17, 2015, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) ruled that, in light of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) (“Alice”), a plaintiff’s position on...more

District Judge Finds Some Claims Precluded, Others Not – By A Degree

In a significant recent opinion, Judge Richard G. Stearns carefully considered the complex doctrine of issue preclusion, and applied it to a case involving section 101 patentability analyses. The opinion provides helpful...more

Injunction Is Lifted Due To Changed Circumstances

In March, 2014, plaintiffs’ motion for a permanent injunction was granted based on the fact that the parties were the only two manufacturers of “high barrier” monolayer polyester barrier resins in the relevant market; a...more

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

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