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Federal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents

In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable...more

No Foreseeability Bar to The Application of the Doctrine of Equivalents - Ring & Pinion Service, Inc. v. ARB Corp. LTD.

Addressing the doctrine of equivalents infringement of a means-plus-function limitation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a grant of summary judgment of non-infringement based on an...more

Summary Judgment Motion Denied Where Expert's Opinion Established a Triable Issue of Fact on Infringement

Geotag, Inc ("Geotag") filed a patent infringement action against Frontier Communications Corp. ("Frontier"). Frontier filed a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement, arguing that no triable issue of material fact...more

Sequenom Files Opening Brief in Appeal of Summary Judgment on Section 101 Grounds

Earlier this week, Sequenom, Inc. filed its opening brief in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., appealing summary judgment that its licensed claims to a genetic diagnostic method for detecting fetal diseases and...more

Don't Rely On Your Expert's Speculation To Save You From Summary Judgment

Just because an expert says something is so doesn't mean that it is. That's the lesson of Judge Gale's ruling last week in Carter v. Clements Walker. He rejected the evidentiary value of an expert's report stating that...more

Damage Expert's Failure to Consider Non-Infringing Alternatives Justifies Summary Judgment of No Lost Profits

Protegrity Corporation ("Protegrity") filed a patent infringement action against Voltage Security, Inc. ("Voltage")over patents that allegedly cover methods, systems and apparatuses for encrypting electronic data. Protegrity...more

Mischaracterizing Record of Ex Parte Reexamination May Constitute Inequitable Conduct

In Ohio Willow Wood Co. v. Alps South, LLC, No. 2012-1642 (Nov. 15, 2013) the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s summary judgment ruling of no inequitable conduct and suggested in its decision that the patentee...more

Summary Judgment Granted Where District Court Determined Patent Was Not Infringed Because Not All of Infringing Steps of Method...

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ("ADP") filed a declaratory judgment action against Wellogix, Inc., and Wellogix Technology Licensing LLC ("Wellogix") for a determination that ADP does not infringe a Wellogix method patent on...more

Motion for Summary Judgment Based on Insufficient Written Description Denied Where There Were Disputed Issues of Material Fact

In this patent infringement action between competing producers of satellites and satellite networking systems, ViaSat plaintiffs asserted that Space Systems/Loral infringed the '875 patent. As explained by the district court,...more

BakerHostetler Patent Watch: Cheese Sys., Inc. v. Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Sys., Inc.

Where a court holds a claim obvious without making findings of secondary considerations, the lack of specific consideration of secondary considerations ordinarily requires a remand....more

Experts In Patent Cases: Getting The Most Out Of Your Star Witness

In This Issue: - Introduction - Selecting the Right Expert(s) ..The Testifying Expert ..Non-Testifying “Supporting” Experts - Fed. R. Civ. 26 Rules Governing Interactions Between Counsel and Experts ...more

Design Patent Case Digest: MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP

Decision Date: January 31, 2013 - Court: N.D. Ohio - Patents: D634,488 and D634,487 - Holding: Defendants’ motion for summary judgment of invalidity GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiff MRC Innovations,...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Standards for a Clinical Trial to Be Public Use

In 2007, Dey L.P., Dey Inc., and their parent company Mylan, Inc. (collectively, "Dey") sued Sunovion Pharmaceutical, Inc. ("Sunovion"; formerly known as Sepracor, Inc.) for infringement of five of Dey's patents....more

Patent Watch: Baron Servs., Inc. v. Media Weather Innovations, LLC

On May 7, 2013, in Baron Servs., Inc. v. Media Weather Innovations, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Dyk, Reyna, Prost*) vacated and remanded the district court's summary judgment that MWI did not...more

Patent Watch: Aristocrat Techs. Austl. Pty Ltd. v. Int' Game Tech.

On March 13, 2013, in Aristocrat Techs. Austl. Pty Ltd. v. Int' Game Tech., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (O'Malley,* Bryson, Linn) affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and remanded the district court's...more

Another California Court Awards Attorneys' Fees in Bad-Faith Trade Secret and Patent Inventorship Lawsuit

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California awarded more than $11 million in attorneys' fees and costs to three trade secret defendants, finding that plaintiffs who had raised a claim...more

Patent Watch: Brilliant Instruments, Inc. v. GuideTech, Inc.

On February 20, 2013, in Brilliant Instruments, Inc. v. GuideTech, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Dyk, Moore,* Reyna) reversed and remanded the district court's summary judgment that Brilliant did...more

Business Litigation Report -- January 2013

In This Issue: Shifting the Growing Costs of E-Discovery; Quinn Emanuel Continues the Expansion of International Arbitration Practice with the Addition of Stephen Jagusch; Aesthetic Functionality and the Use of “Color...more

Patent Watch: Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc.

"[A] device does not infringe simply because it is possible to alter it in a way that would satisfy all the limitations of a patent claim." On February 4, 2013, in Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc., the...more

10 Things You Should Know About IP Litigation

1. Can I infringe a patent if I am not aware of it? Yes. Lack of knowledge of a patent or a lack of intent to infringe the patent is not a defense to an allegation of patent infringement. Patent infringement occurs when...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 1 - January 2013

In This Issue: • Prior Litigation Precludes Lawsuit • Disclosure of Broad Genus Does Not Disclose Species • Preamble Limits Claims - Excerpt from Prior Litigation Precludes Lawsuit: In...more

Patent Watch: Allflex U.S.A., Inc. v. Avid Identification Sys., Inc.

[Where] the appellant has identified no relationship between the valuation placed on the appeal and the issues the appellant wishes to challenge, the parties have simply placed a "side bet" on the outcome of the appeal, which...more

Patent Watch: Intel Corp. v. Negotiated Data Solutions, LLC

§ 251 suggests to a potential licensee that -- in the absence of contrary language in the licensing agreement -- a license under the patent that is not directed to any specific claims, field of use or other limited right will...more

Patent Watch: IGT v. Alliance Gaming Corp

As a threshold issue in any monopolization claim, the court must identify the relevant market. On December 17, 2012, in IGT v. Alliance Gaming Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Bryson, Linn,...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Telebrands Corp v. Del Laboratories, Inc.

Telebrands Corp v. Del Laboratories, Inc. - Decision Date: September 8, 2011 - Court: S.D. New York - Patents: D596,802 - Holding: Coty’s motion for summary judgment of invalidity denied - Opinion:...more

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