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Written Description Lacking Where Nothing in the Specification Suggests Inventor Contemplated Claimed Invention

In Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Cirrex Systems, LLC, [2016-1143, 2016-1144](May 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, and reversed in part the Board’s decision in Inter Partes Reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,415,082. ...more

You Can Not Claim What you Don’t Possess – Federal Circuit Holds Fiber Optic Claims Invalid under Section 112

On May 10, 2017 and following a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) reexamination decision upholding certain claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Cirrex Systems,...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Our report includes discussions of six of the precedential cases decided in the past week and will include the other three cases in next week’s report. In Aylus v. Apple, the panel finds prosecution disclaimer in a...more

Understanding the similarities and differences between priority claims in Canada and the U.S.

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A valid priority claim can allow a patent application to benefit from the filing date of an earlier patent application so as to exclude certain prior art from consideration. The recent decision of the U.S. Federal Circuit in...more

Probiotics: IP Perspectives on the Microbiome

Once considered parasites, free riders, or “opportunistic pathogens,” in recent years the roughly 100 trillion symbiotic bacteria that inhabit the various tissues of the human body have been increasingly recognized for their...more

IPR Denied after Board Finds Asserted PCT Publication Not Entitled to Priority Application’s Filing Date under Pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. §...

The PTAB denied institution of an IPR based on patent owner’s challenge to the prior art status of a PCT publication that was asserted by the petitioner as pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 102(e) prior art in Forty Seven, Inc. v....more

Federal Circuit Broadly Affirms PTAB’s Determinations on Analogous Art, Motivation to Combine References and Obviousness of Claims

The level of deference the Federal Circuit gives to the Board’s IPR decisions has been surprising to many practitioners, considering the Court’s reputation for reversing district court decisions. The trend of deference to...more

A Compelling Invention Story May Support Patent-Eligibility

The Mayo/Alice two-step patent-eligibility framework focuses on the patent claims. Nevertheless, recent Federal Circuit decisions have relied on patent specification statements to support holdings that the claims are...more

Inherent Disclosure Supplies Adequate Written Description for Priority Claim

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the doctrine of inherent disclosure, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a protein can satisfy the written description requirement when the priority application discloses only a partial amino...more

Federal Circuit Finds Three Intellectual Venture’s Patents Invalid under the Mayo/Alice Framework

The Federal Circuit recently decided a case concerning three patents owned by Intellectual Ventures I LLC (“IV”). Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Symantec Corp., Case Nos. 2015-1769, 2015-1770, 2015-1771 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 30,...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

Once Again, Written Description Does Not Limit Claim Scope **WEB ONLY**

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the interplay between the written description and claim construction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court, finding that the specification did not clearly limit the scope of...more

Inherent Disclosure Supports Priority Claim

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Yeda Research and Development Co. v. Abbott GmbH and Co., the Federal Circuit invoked the doctrine of inherent disclosure to uphold a priority claim to a German priority application that only partly described the claimed...more

Inherent Disclosure Satisfied Written Description

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Yeda Research and Development Co., Ltd. v. Abbott GMBH & Co. KG, Slip Op. 2015-1662 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit held that a claim to an isolated protein described by its partial amino acid sequence satisfies 35...more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Leased Premises Is Primary

We talked in our last piece about the parties to a lease, and the nuances of that requirement. Today, as promised in our last post, we discuss the "leased premises". A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the...more

CAFC Says Functional Claim Language Does Not Create Divided Infringement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corporation, one of the many issues the Federal Circuit decided was that functional claim language did not create a divided infringement situation, even though an independent actor could impact...more

Inherent Disclosure is Sufficient to Support a Priority Claim

In Yeda Research v. Abbott GmbH. [2015-1662] (September 20, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that U.S. Patent No. 5,344,915 was entitled to priority of its parent application, and thus was not...more

Yeda Research and Development Co. v. Abbott GmbH & Co. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Before the Supreme Court's recent forays into the topic of subject matter eligibility in patent law, the most contentious line of cases (from the Federal Circuit) concerned the written description requirement of Section 112. ...more

PTAB Institutes Post Grant Review Against Chemical Process Patent

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board has instituted Post Grant Review (PGR) proceedings against a patent directed to a process for treating contaminated media. The petition for PGR challenged that patent on written...more

Reflecting on Design Patents

Often the appearance of an article is attributable to the nature of the surface as much as its shape. Reflective surfaces are often depicted in design patent drawings as parallel lines...more

An Illuminating Discussion About Design Patents

Design patents protect the aesthetic appearance of a product or portion of the product. The aesthetic appearance is affected by a number of things, including whether the product is illuminated. However, how does one capture...more

It’s Not the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation, but the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Light of the Specification

In In re Man Machine Interface Tech. LLC, [2015-1562] (April 19, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, vacated-in-part, and remanded the PTAB’s affirmance of the rejection of claims of U.S. Patent No....more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - March 2016

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Clare v. Chrysler Group LLC (No. 2015-1999, 3/31/16) (Prost, Moore, Wallach) - Moore, J. Affirming summary judgment of non-infringement of patents related to storage compartment for pickup trucks. The Court rejected...more

If You Can’t Say Something Nice . . .

In Bamberg v. Dalvey, [2015-1548] (March 9, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision in an appeal from a consolidated interference proceeding refusing to allow the claims of four patent applications because the...more

Driessen v. Sony Music Entertainment (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On February 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a nonprecedential opinion in a case captioned Driessen v. Sony Music Entertainment, Best Buy Stores, Fye, & Target Corp. addressing issues related to means-plus-function claims...more

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