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Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Is Not Broadest Possible Interpretation

Addressing an unpatentability decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) that turned on claim construction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit explained that the broadest reasonable...more

Patent Holders Can Evade CBM by Disclaiming CBM Claims

Addressing petitioner’s urging that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) import the district court “time of filing” rule to institution decisions for covered business method (CBM) reviews, the PTAB once again held that...more

Remand to District Court to Attempt to Identify “Article of Manufacture” for Design Patent Damages

Addressing the design patent battle between Apple and Samsung on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply the new standard or to order specific...more

Third Time’s Not the Charm for IPR Petitioner Adding Known References to Previously Rejected Prior Art Combination

Addressing whether to institute an inter partes review (IPR) based on a third petition by the same petitioner against the same patent claims, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution both as an...more

Smartphone Patent War: En Banc Federal Circuit Rebukes Earlier Panel Decision and Reinstates Jury Verdicts for Apple against...

In its October 7 en banc decision in Apple v. Samsung, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, without benefit of en banc briefing, issued an unusual opinion overturning a panel decision for the purpose of...more

Generalized Common Sense Allegations Cannot Be Used to Supply Important Missing Claim Limitation

Addressing the use of common sense for an obviousness analysis, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that conclusory statements about common sense cannot be used to supply missing claim limitations that play a...more

Specific, Discrete Implementation of Abstract Idea Is Patent Eligible

Once again addressing patent eligibility of software patent claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit this time reversed a finding of ineligible subject matter based on the Alice step two inventive concept...more

Federal Circuit Rubberstamps 50-Year-Old Practice to Save 10,000 Continuation Patents

Addressing the question of precisely when a continuation application must be filed in order to be entitled to its parent application’s filing date, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the statutory...more

Look to Specification to Interpret Facially Unclear Claims

Addressing claim construction issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reiterated the necessity of reading claims in the context of the written description when they are not clear on their face. Howmedica...more

Inconsistent and Confusing Specification Language Does Not Support Broad Claim Construction - Trustees of Columbia Univ. v....

Addressing various claim constructions that led to a stipulated judgment of non-infringement and partial invalidity, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed two claim constructions and a related...more

Previously Denied Section 101 Defense Rendered Meritorious by the Supreme Court’s Alice Decision (Mortgage Grader, Inc. v. First...

Addressing a summary judgment of patent ineligibility, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that the Supreme Court’s Alice decision provided good cause for a defendant to amend its...more

Motion to Amend in IPR Must Establish Patentability Over Prior Art from Original Prosecution - Prolitec, Inc. v. ScentAir...

Addressing whether a patentee must show that proposed claim amendments in an inter partes review (IPR) overcome not only the prior art in the IPR but also the prior art from the original prosecution, the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

PTAB Grants Patent Owner Request for Surreply to Defend Reduction to Practice Claim - HTC Corp. v. NFC Technology, LLC

Addressing whether a patent owner may file a surreply brief in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) granted the request, but limited the size of the surreply and the scope...more

PTAB Finds Claims to Be Directed to Covered Business Method, but Denies Institution Anyway - E-Loan, Inc. v. IMX, Inc.

Considering whether to institute a covered business method (CBM) review for a patent directed to mortgage loan systems and methods, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed that the patent was a covered...more

“Mechanism” Claim Term Found to Be an Indefinite Means-Plus-Function Element - Media Rights Techs. v. Capital One Financial Corp.

Addressing whether a claim term was a means-plus-function term under the pre-America Invents Act (AIA) 35 U.S.C. § 112 ¶ 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit construed the disputed term as a...more

Claims Obvious Despite Contrary Jury Verdict - ABT Systems, LLC v. Emerson Electric Co.

Addressing the issue of obviousness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the jury verdict of non-obviousness and focusing on the nature of the problem to be solved, concluded that the asserted claims...more

Steps that Simply Map Out an Application on a Computer Do Not Confer Patent Eligibility - Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital...

Again addressing the issue of subject-matter eligibility of computer-implemented claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found two patents to be directed to non-eligible subject matter, concluding that the...more

No En Banc Review of Panel Decision Vacating a Civil Contempt Remedye - Plus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc.

Addressing the issue of contempt for violation of a non-final injunction, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to rehear en banc a panel decision that vacated a civil contempt holding for violation...more

Only Basic Functions of a Processor Avoid Need for Disclosed Algorithm - EON Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. AT&T Mobility LLC

Addressing the question of what corresponding structure must be disclosed to support a means-plus-function claim element, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court finding that eight...more

PTO Refusal to Terminate Ongoing Proceeding Is Not Immediately Reviewable - Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc. v. Lee

Addressing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) refusal to terminate four inter partes reexaminations after a corresponding district court action was terminated, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Specific Application Will Not Avoid Ineligibility Unless Required by the Claims - Int’l Securities Exchange LLC v. Chicago Board...

Addressing the patent eligibility of claims from two challenged covered business method patents (CBMs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found the challenged claims to be...more

Prior Art Must Criticize or Otherwise Disparage the Claimed Solution to Constitute a Teaching Away - PNY Techs., Inc., v. Phison...

Addressing the question of whether claims covering a particular type of USB plug would have been obvious, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found the claims to be unpatentable, concluding that while one...more

Would Have Been Obvious to Combine Prior Art that Mentions an Object with Standard Textbook that Describes that Object - Intel...

Addressing the merits in an inter partes review of a patent for improved computer graphics calculations, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) found all challenged claims unpatentable. ...more

Draft Available Only as a Password-Protected Download Is Not a Printed Publication - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Rembrandt...

Addressing a petition to institute an inter partes review of a patent for communicating between different modem types, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) declined to institute...more

Stays of Litigation Warranted Even When the CBM Review Does Not Address All Asserted Claims or All Invalidity Defenses

Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc. - Addressing the denial of a stay pending the covered business method (CBM) review of some, but not all, asserted claims in a district court action, the U.S. Court of...more

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