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Summary Judgment Shot Down in Rifle Patent Lawsuit

In a recent patent case concerning hunting rifles, Judge McCafferty in the District of New Hampshire granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment with respect to literal infringement of a patent on a rifle handguard,...more

It Was Over Before the Fat Lady Sang; Collateral Estoppel Applies to Partial Summary Judgment under §101

In Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital One Financial Corp., [2016-1077] (March 7, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment that all claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,984,081 and 6,546,002 are ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Janssen v. Celltrion: A Misstep in the BPCIA Patent Dance

Last week, a federal judge in Boston answered a question of first impression arising under the patent dispute resolution provisions of the Biological Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), a process commonly known as...more

Judge Swain Finds a “Book” by Any Other Cover is Still Not a “Camera”

Pro se Plaintiff Chikezie Ottah (“Plaintiff”) sued fifteen automobile companies for patent infringement alleging that defendants’ car mounted cameras infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,152,840 (“the ’840 patent”) entitled “Book...more

District Court Finds Decision Not to Institute Indicative of Weak Invalidity Case on Summary Judgment

The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently granted summary judgment dismissing defendant’s invalidity claims, based in part on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB”) refusal to...more

Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

Factual Dispute Defeats Summary Judgment on Inherent Anticipation

Addressing inherent anticipation and inequitable conduct issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a summary judgment of inherent anticipation, finding that material facts remained in dispute, and...more

Inherent Anticipation for Biotechnology Inventions

Anticipation by inherent disclosure requires that a single prior art reference necessarily includes the unstated limitation. The unpredictable nature of biological processes means that winning summary judgment of invalidity...more

Court Considers 29 Motions Relating To Five Patents-In-Suit

Robinson, J. 29 motions regarding various data devices and computer-related technologies including: ATA device control; method for configuring an intelligent low power serial bus; memory architecture and devices, systems and...more

IPR Estoppel Narrowed Even Further in D. Delaware Ruling

Despite the astounding success for patent challengers to date in IPR proceedings, are you one who has been worried about the effects of the IPR estoppel in future litigation? Has this concern dissuaded you from considering...more

Court Declines To Vacate No Willfulness Opinion And Laches/Estoppel Trial Is Scheduled

Stark, C.J. Plaintiff’s motion to vacate summary judgment of no willfulness is denied. Additional issues addressed in a status letter are resolved. A jury trial was held January 11-26, 2016. The court previously, based...more

Invention Must Inevitably Result to be Anticipated by Inherency

In U.S. Water Services, Inc., v. Novozymes A/S, [2015-1950, 2015-1967] (December 15, 2016), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment of anticipation and affirmed the denial of summary judgment of no inequitable conduct....more

Heartburn for Defense After Jury Verdict in Pepcid® Dispute

The recent jury verdict in a dispute over a generic version of the heartburn medication Pepcid® Complete® would be enough for anyone to reach for a few tablets of the accused product. After an eight day trial presided over by...more

Judge Forrest Holds that Pre-Suit Knowledge of an Application is Not Pre-Suit Knowledge of a Patent

On December 7, 2016, Judge Katherine B. Forrest (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendant Red Box’s partial motion for summary judgment on plaintiff Verint’s inducement and willfulness claims concerning three of the six patents in suit. ...more

Summary Judgment Motions Are Resolved

The court finds that the right to sue for infringement prior to the assignment of the patents was transferred to plaintiffs. Plaintiff’s motion regarding unclean hands is denied. The invalidity motion is denied due to issues...more

Two reverse-payment appeals to watch

It has been over three years since the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision. Since then, numerous putative class actions alleging harm to competition as a result of “reverse-payment” settlements have flooded the courts. The...more

Daubert and summary judgment rulings issue

Stark, C. J. Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and Daubert motions are granted in part and denied in part. Defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment and Daubert motions are granted in part and denied in part....more

Claims Withdrawn Because of Rejection May Limit Claim Scope **WEB ONLY**

In an opinion addressing prosecution history estoppel, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision granting summary judgment of non-infringement, finding that the patentee was estopped...more

Claims for a New Abstract Idea are Still Claims to an Abstract Idea, Invalid under §101

In Synopsis, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corporation, [2015-1599] (October 17, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment that claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,530,841; 5,680,318; and 5,748,488 were invalid under 35 U.S.C....more

Federal Circuit Relies on Robust Disclosure to Save Priority Date

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion affirming the summary judgement that Abbott’s U.S. Patent No. 5,344,915 (“the ’915 Patent”) was sufficiently supported by the written...more

Federal Circuit Review | September 2016

Claims Directed to Monitoring and Analyzing Data Held to Be Invalid under § 101 - In Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A., Appeal No. 2015-1778, the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s grant of summary...more

A Split Panel of the Federal Circuit Debates the Standards for Definiteness

In Cox Communications, Inc. v. Sprint Communications Co. LP, Appeal No. 2016-1013 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 23, 2016), the panel, consisting of Chief Judge Prost (authoring the opinion) and Judges Newman and Bryson, unanimously...more

Zak v. Facebook, Inc. (E.D. Mich. 2016) - Software Patent Found to Be Directed to Abstract Idea, But Survives § 101 Challenge with...

Bruce Zak, an individual, sued Facebook, Inc. for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on two of his software patents -- United States Patent Nos. 8,713,134 and 9,141,720. ...more

Prior Art Take 2: Finjan and Sophos Gear up for a Second Battle on Whether Prior Art Was Publicly Available

Order Denying Finjan, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Finjan, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-1197 (Judge William Orrick) In a battle that likely felt like déjà vu for the parties, Finjan for the second time...more

Federal Circuit Review | August 2016

Federal Circuit Holds That Using A Contract Manufacturer Does Not Trigger An On-Sale Bar - In The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., Appeal Nos. 2014-1469, -1504, the Federal Circuit, en banc, held that the patentee’s deal...more

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