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Mastermine Software, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Mastermine brought a patent infringement action against Microsoft in the District of Minnesota. At issue were four claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,945,850 and three claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,429,518. After claim construction...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Delaware Alice Decision

In issuing its precedential decision earlier this month in Two-Way Media v. Comcast, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Delaware district court determination that four data streaming patents were directed to ineligible subject...more

Reversed! Failure To Assert Robust Nonobviousness Arguments During IPR Led To Reversal By The Federal Circuit

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corporation, Fed. Cir. (October 11, 2017) - During inter partes review proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) is required to give claims their broadest reasonable construction in...more

Searching for How: The Federal Circuit’s Continued Quest under Alice

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On October 16, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the claims in Secured Mail Solutions LLC, v. Universal Wilde, Inc. (“Secured Mail”) were directed to patent-ineligible subject matter under 35...more

Judge Sweet Allows a Plaintiff to Amend Its Complaint More Than 2 Years After It Was Originally Filedtheat

On October 26, 2017, District Judge Robert W. Sweet (S.D.N.Y.) granted plaintiff Olaf Soot Design, LLC (“OSD”) leave to amend its June 25, 2015 Complaint against Daktronics, Inc. and Daktronics Hoist, Inc. (collectively,...more

Reverse-Payment Plaintiffs Mine Patent Litigation Record to Survive Summary Judgment

by Holland & Knight LLP on

We pointed out in a recent article that, based on recent decisions by the Courts of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits, private antitrust plaintiffs seeking damages from so-called “reverse-payment” settlement agreements...more

Federal Circuit Weighs In On Limiting Effect of Preambles

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The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a district court decision that a claim preamble did not limit the claim scope, determining the defendant's non-infringement position based on the language of the preamble was properly...more

ITC Re-Opens Investigation in Response to Federal Circuit Reversal

by Jones Day on

In response to the Federal Circuit’s reversal of the ITC’s indefiniteness and invalidity finding, the Commission remanded the investigation to ALJ with instructions to issue an ID within 30 days....more

Court Extinguishes Parties’ Motions to Strike in LED Patent Dispute

Although motions to strike are generally difficult to win, when successful they can significantly dim the opposing party’s prospects for victory on particular claims or defenses. In one recent patent infringement action out...more

Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Is Not Broadest Possible Interpretation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Federal Circuit Reigns in PTAB on Broadest Reasonable Interpretation

For patent owners, the PTAB’s use of the “broadest reasonable interpretation” or “BRI” is often frustrating and sometimes fatal. That appeared to be the case for the patent owner Smith International, Inc., the owner of U.S....more

Consider Others’ Denied IPR Petitions Before Filing Your Own Follow-On Petition

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Decision Denying Institution of Inter Partes Review, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC, Case No. IPR2017-01305 (P.T.A.B. October 17, 2017). - Last month, we wrote about the Patent Trial and Appeal...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies the Requirements for a Teaching Away by the Prior Art

In a precedential opinion issued on October 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeals Board’s (“PTAB”) finding of non-obviousness where the prior art taught...more

Federal Circuit Says "Teaching Away" Must Cover the Entire Claim Scope

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In reversing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Circuit recently held that certain claims of a patent granted to Fast Felt Corp. covering methods for applying nail tabs on roofing and building material were...more

2017 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit, With Some Significant Cases from 2016

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

Lessons for Life Science and Medical Device Companies Post-Nautilus

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Under the U.S. Patent laws, claims must particularly point out and distinctly claim what the inventor understands her invention to be. Up until three years ago, the inquiry for determining indefiniteness was to ask whether...more

Asserted Claims Found Indefinite in Electrical Connectors Investigation

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In a recently issued claim construction order, Chief Administrative Law Judge Bullock held that terms included in all asserted claims are indefinite. He accordingly found the asserted claims invalid, stayed the Investigation,...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Paves the Way for Easier Claim Amendments in Inter Partes Review Before the PTAB

On October 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision in Aqua Products, Inc., v. Matal, finding that the petitioner has the burden of proving the unpatentability of claims—even...more

Federal Circuit Schools USPTO On Broadest Reasonable Claim Construction

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent decisions, the Federal Circuit has found error in the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s approach to obviousness rejections, including its reliance on the doctrine of routine optimization without evidence of an...more

CALJ Denies Motion to Supplement Expert Reports

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In Certain Integrated Circuits with Voltage Regulators and Products Containing Same; Inv. No. 337-TA-1024, Chief ALJ Bullock recently denied a motion by Complainant R2 Semiconductor, Inc. to take additional discovery and...more

Five-Judge PTAB Panel Interprets “Module” As Non Means-Plus Function

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On September 13, 2017, the PTAB, a five-judge panel, granted a petition to institute an inter partes review brought by HTC America, Inc. (“Petitioner”) against Virginia Innovation Sciences, Inc. (“Patent Owner”) regarding...more

Broadest Reasonable Construction is Not One Not Precluded by the Specification, but is One Consistent with the Specification

In In re: Smith International, Inc., [2016-2303] (September 26, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s affirmance of the Examiner’s rejections of claims in an ex parte reexamination of U.S. Patent 6,732,817 directed...more

Judge Pauley Rules “About” Means “Approximately”, Maybe!

On September 19, 2017, United States District Court Judge William H. Pauley (S.D.N.Y.) issued a claim construction ruling on the word “about” across two patents directed to topical compositions containing naftifine. Both the...more

Negative Limitations in a Patent Claim – Broad or Narrow?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Negative limitations, using words like “not”, “without”, or “excluding” in a patent claim, understandably make patent practitioners and clients nervous. Generally, positive limitations are preferred and negative limitations...more

Argument for Divided Infringement Goes Off the Rails

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that divided infringement did not occur where claimed data processing was performed by a third party at defendant’s request, and that lost profit damages can be...more

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