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Failure to Identify Structure of Means-Plus-Function Limitation Results in Denial of Ground

Parties have tried different strategies in addressing claim construction in inter partes review petitions. Some have relied strictly on a generic “broadest reasonable interpretation” argument; others have followed a more...more

Board Holds Petitioners to Strict Compliance with the Rules

In Metrics, Inc.v. Senju Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., IPR2013-01041, Paper 8, and IPR2013-01043, Paper 8 (August 15, 2014), at patent owner’s promoting, the Board found fault with the petitioners first amended petition, and...more

Motion Practice In Inter Partes Review

Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) have become a leading forum for patent disputes. IPRs are designed to be a faster and less expensive alternative to district court...more

Effect On Settlement Of Post-Grant Patent Review Proceedings

The recent America Invents Act both modified and created procedures for challenging patents in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) after they have been issued, which are called post grant...more

What Does the Supreme Court Ruling in Alice v. CLS Mean to a Software Entrepreneur? [Video]

The Supreme Court’s ruling against broadly claimed software patents in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered, which means the controversy and confusion over the scope of patent...more

Meal planning claims bite the dust under the Mayo/Alice framework

Judge Engelmayer found claims of DietGoal’s U.S. Patent No. 6,858,516 (“Method and system for computerized visual behavior analysis, training, and planning”) invalid under § 101, and so he granted Bravo’s motion for summary...more

Board Defines Role of “Common Sense” in Obviousness Arguments

Despite news reports and blog entries to the contrary, all is not doom and gloom for Patent Owners in inter partes review proceedings. In SDI Technologies, Inc. v. Bose Corporation, IPR2014-00346, the Board denied an...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Defense Against Apotex Patent

In Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s finding that Apotex’s patent is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. While affirming on the ground of “but-for materiality,” the Federal...more

The Inconsistency of Inconsistent Statements

In TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. v. Trading Technologies International, Inc., CBM2014-00131, Paper 11 (August 14, 2014), believing it caught Petitioner in a failure to disclose prior inconsistent statements, the Patent Owner...more

NPEs Continue to Play Large Role in Patent Litigation

The annual patent litigation study recently released by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) sets forth some interesting trends in patent litigation, including that cases involving non-practicing entities (NPEs) continue to...more

I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court opinion in Bilski v. Kappos was handed down, the debate over the scope of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has been at times stimulating, complex, comical, and frustrating. Now it...more

Motion to Stay Enforcement of Judgment Denied Where Defendant Was Found to be a Willful Infringer and Offered Inadequate Security

On May 16, 2014, the district court entered Judgment on a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff Global Traffic Technologies, LLC ("GTT") in the amount of $5,052,118, enhanced damages in the amount of $2,526,059, and prejudgment...more

Revenue-Driven Licensing Activities Fail to Satisfy Domestic Industry Requirement for ITC Action

The ALJ terminated the ITC investigation upon granting respondent's motion for summary judgment for lack of domestic industry, finding that the complainant's (a licensing entity) patent-related activities were solely...more

District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Where Plaintiffs Could Not Show Irreparable Harm Because Defendant Is Large and Well...

Plaintiff Hill-Rom Company, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against General Electric Company ("GE"). The district court began its discussion by noting that "[t]he Federal Circuit has said that...more

Amending Dependent Claims — Listing Doesn’t Count Toward Page Limits

In Micro Motion, Inc. v. Invensys System, Inc., IPR2014-00179, Paper 22, IPR2014-00167, Page 24 (August 11, 2014), the Board informed the patent owner that it must address each proposed substitute independent claim in the...more

Motion to Set Aside Default Where Defendant Waited Too Long to Obtain New Counsel

Plaintiff Fleet Engineers, Inc. ("Fleet") develops, manufactures, and sells after-market products for the trucking industry. Defendant Tarun Surti, the president of Mudguard Technologies, LLC ("Mudguard"), owns a mud flap...more

Parties Must Come Clean to Settle a Proceeding

In Groupon Inc. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., CBM2014-00090, Paper 10 (August 12, 2014), the Board reminded the parties that any agreement or understanding between the patent owner and the petitioner, including any...more

Court Report - August 2014 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Perrigo Co. et al. 1:14-cv-01004; filed July 31, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Defeating Indefiniteness Challenge with Petitioner’s Witness

In eBay Inc. v. Lockwood, CBM2014-00025, Paper 34, CBM2014-00026, Paper 35 (August 12, 2014) the Board denied eBay’s motion to expunge the declaration of its expert, directed to unpatenability of the prior art, which eBay...more

IP Newsflash - August 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Vacates Injunction and Contempt Order After Reexamination Finds At-Issue Claims Invalid - On July 25, the Federal Circuit vacated an injunction and $18 million civil contempt fine in a patent...more

Patent Trolls Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Invent something, patent it and watch your creative enterprise grow into an empire. That’s what inventors are supposed to do. Some of them still follow the rules. Others do not. Among the more unscrupulous are...more

Woodside Energy Limited v Exxon-Mobil Upstream Research Company [2014] APO 53

This decision highlights the importance of drafting any claims to a “method of design” with the tests for manner of manufacture firmly in mind. There is no reason that a claim to a method of design should not be patentable...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2014

Fifth Annual "Live at the ITC" – On July 30, 2014, the Fifth Annual Forum on Section 337 and Other Developments at the U.S. International Trade Commission, entitled Live at the ITC, was co-sponsored by the ABA-IPL...more

Judge Rakoff’s summary judgment order simplifies e-reader case against B&N

Judge Rakoff granted several of defendants’ summary judgment motions in Adrea’s suit alleging infringement of U.S. Patents Nos. 7,298,851 (“Electronic book security and copyright protection system”), 7,299,501 (Electronic...more

Pattern of Functional Dots in Absorbent Pad Functional? It’s a Fact Issue

McAirlaids, Inc. v. Kimberly-Clark Corp. - Addressing whether a pattern of dots embossed on an absorbent pad was functional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a lower court’s summary judgment in...more

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