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Happy 209th Birthday, President Lincoln

February 12 was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which, not that long ago, warranted its own holiday. Abraham Lincoln is the only president to earn a patent...more

2/15/2018  /  Legal History , Patents

Board’s Obvious Analysis Improperly Relied Upon Hindsight

In Polaris Industries, Inc. v. Arctic Cat, Inc., [2016-1807, 2016-2280] (February 9, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded the PTAB’s determination in an IPR that claims of U.S. Patent No....more

ANDA Your Patent is Not Infringed

In Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, [2017-1560] (February 9, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court finding that it did not abuse its discretion in denying Merck’s request for...more

Process Limitations are Presumed to Impart Structural Limitations, Even Where it is not Clear What those Limitations Are

In In re Nordt Development Co., LLC, [2017-1445] (February 8, 2018), the Federal Circuit rejected the Board’s claim construction of “injection molded” as a process limitation with no patentable weight, vacated the Board’s...more

Walker Process Monopolization Claim Does not Depend upon Resolution of a Substantial Question of Federal Patent Law

In Xitronix Corp. v. Kla-Tencor Corp., [2016-2746] (February 9, 2018), the Federal Circuit transferred an appeal of a Walker Process claim to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which has appellate...more

Trademark Law Offers Scant Protection When Bad Things “Happen” to Good Marks

There was a lot of discussion recently about the episode of NBC’s This Is Us, which implicated a faulty switch on a Crockpot® in the death of the family’s beloved patriarch, Jack Pearson. The manufacturers opened a Twitter...more

Incorporation by Reference (May Have) Saved the Day

In Paice LLC v. Ford Motor Company, [2017-1387, 2017-1388, 2017-1390, 2017-1457, 2017-1458, 2017-1406] (February 1, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded Final Written decisions of the...more

Second and Third Bites at the Apple; Subsequent IPR Losses undo IPR Win

In Maxlinear, Inc. v. CF Crespe LLC, [2017-1039] (January 25, 2018), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s determination that dependent claims were not unpatentable in view of the Federal Circuit’s intervening...more

Computer Interface Was Not an Abstract Idea

In Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. LG Electronics, Inc., [2016-2684, 2017-1922] (January 25, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the denial of summary judgment that, (1) claims 8 and 9 of U.S. Patent No. 8,713,476 and...more

Drag Things Out? Disclaimer Creates Estoppel.

In Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., [2017-1239] (January 24, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s entry of an adverse judgment pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 42.73(b) in an IPR after patent owner Arthrex disclaimed...more

The Ultimate Reasonable Royalty Award Must be Based on the Incremental Value that the Patented Invention Adds

In Exmark Manufacturing Company Inc. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC. [2016-2197] (January 12, 2018), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment that claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 5,987,863 is not anticipated or...more

Software Innovations Make Non-Abstract Improvements to Computer Technology

In Finjan, Inc., v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., [2016-2520] (January 10, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed subject matter eligibility of U.S. Patent No. 6,154,844; affirmed infringement of the U.S. Patent Nos. 6,154,844 and...more

Patent Prosecution Word of the Day: “Infundibuliform”

Today’s Word of the Day from is “infundibuliform,” a neat word for funnel-shaped. The word has been used in at least two dozen patents and in the claims of five: 6,276,549; 4,747,343; 4,416,404; 4,288,982; and...more

Director’s Time-Bar Determinations under § 315(b) are not Exempt from Judicial Review

In Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., [2015-1945, 2015-1946] (January 8, 2018) the Federal Circuit, en banc, held that the bar on judicial review of institution decisions in 35 U.S.C. §314(d) does not apply to time-bar...more

About “About”: “Less Than About 3%” Includes 4%

In Monsanto Technology LLC v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., [2017-1032] (January 5, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that affirmed reexamination examiner’s rejection of claims of U.S. Patent No....more

The Board Says that IPRs are Adjudicatory Proceedings — What will the Supreme Court Say?

In Ericsson Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, [IPR2017-01186, IPR2017-01197, IPR2017-01200, IPR2017-01213, IPR2017-01214, IPR2017-01219] (December 19, 2017), Chief Administrative Patent Judge Ruschke, writing...more

No Regulations for Love and Vice Versa

A warning letter from FDA back in September 2017 complained about a bakery including “love” in its list of ingredients for its bread: The letter goes on, While regulation is a necessary evil, ridiculous incidents such as this...more

Anticipation Analysis Indisputably Allows for Some Flexibility; Substantial Evidence Still Supports Finding of No Anticipation

In Microsoft Corp v. Biscotti, Inc., [2016-2080, 2016-2082, 2016-2083] (December 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s determination in the IPR’s that Microsoft failed to show by a preponderance of the evidence...more

If You Try to Hide Prosecution Conduct, Then the Court will Presume You Had Something to Hide

In Regeneron Pharmaceuticals v. Merus N.V., [16-1346] the Federal Circuit denied rehearing and rehearing en banc the July panel decision, previously discussed here, that litigation misconduct warranted a finding of...more

Aqua Holds Water; Board’s Denial of Motion to Amend Vacated Because Board Improperly Put Burden on Patent Owner

In Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, LLC v. Matal, [2015-1928] (December 22, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s finding of unpatentability of claims 1, 4–15, and 20–22, of U.S. Patent No. 6,904,796, on a remote...more

You Have Goat to be Kidding Me

Billie Goat Tavern & Grill in Chicago has sued St. Louis-based The Billie Goat Chip Company for trademark infringement, claiming the sale of Billie Goat Chips in Illinois and elsewhere is causing confusion with their tavern....more

Federal Circuit Affirms Board on Claim Construction, No Anticipation, and Nonobviousness

In HTC Corp. v. Cellular Communications Equipment, LLC [2016-1880] (December 18, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Final Written Decision, finding no error in the Board’s claim...more

Whether Third Party Acts are Attributable to Infringer in a Divided Infringement Situation is Question of Fact

In Travel Sentry, Inc. v. Tropp, [2016-2386, 2016-2387, 2016-2714, 2017-1025] (December 19, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment of non-infringement, finding genuine disputes of material fact regarding whether...more

Dear Santa … A Patent Law Wish List for 2018

Dear Santa: I’ve been a good patent lawyer this year, and I always comply with Rule 56. For all of the inventors we represent, I was hoping that this Christmas you would bring...more

Immoral and Scandalous Matter are as Registrable as Disparaging Matter; The Principal Register is FUCT

In In re Brunetti, [2015-1109] (December 15, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which affirmed the examining attorney’s refusal to register the mark FUCT because it comprises immoral or...more

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