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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

by Jones Day on

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

by Jones Day on

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

by Jones Day on

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?

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

“In Light of the Specification”: Federal Circuit Weighs in on the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation

The Federal Circuit yesterday issued an opinion in In re: Smith Int’l, Inc., No. 2016-2303 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 26, 2017) reversing an affirmance by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the rejection of several claims of U.S....more

When Does “On” Mean “On”? Judge Netburn Holds That It Depends.

On September 11, 2017, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn (S.D.N.Y.) issued a claim construction ruling on, among other things, the construction of the word “on” across four different patents directed to semiconductor lasers. In...more

Framework for Swiss-form claim construction in Australia: Is it really about objective intent?

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

This article looks at the current status of construction of Swiss-style claims in Australia, provides a framework by which construction of Swiss-style claims can be assessed, and concludes that although the position is not...more

Visual Memory v. Nvidia – Configurability of memory system found to be a basis for patent-eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

The Federal Circuit recently decided a patent subject-matter eligibility case relating to computer memory in Visual Memory LLC v. Nvidia Corp. In a divided opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held...more

In Precedential Decision, Board Says Packard, Not Nautilus, Governs Indefiniteness During Pre-Issuance Examination

by Jones Day on

...In a recent (and rare) precedential decision, the Board reaffirmed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus does not change “the USPTO’s long-standing approach to indefiniteness” in the context of pre-issuance...more

Stronger Patents Act: 5 Significant Proposed Changes to Inter Partes Reviews

by Revision Legal on

Recently, Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del) introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. So far, this is the only legislation introduced in this Congress addressing any sort of patent reform. The proposal would significantly...more

In re McAward (PTAB 2017)

Patent law can be apparently inconsistent, particularly where claim construction is concerned. For example, claim construction standards that apply in district court are not the same standards that the U.S. Patent and...more

Disclosed Structure Restricts Breadth of Means-Plus-Function Limitations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an opinion addressing claim construction and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) jurisdiction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that while the PTAB had the authority to consider the patentability...more

[Webinar] Functional Claiming: The Turbulent Seas of Prosecution and Claim Construction - September 13th, 10:00am China, CST

Two years have passed since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, a landmark case redefining the standard for determining whether claim terms should be construed as...more

Court Bounces Untimely Extrinsic Evidence in Claim Construction Phase

In order to carry out the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination” of the cases before them, courts rely on scheduling orders to ensure that cases move forward in a timely and efficient manner. In patent cases, where...more

Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corp. (E.D. Tex. 2017)

Last week, in Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corp., U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a report and recommendation ("Recommendation") on a Motion For...more

Handling Improper Coaching of Witnesses During PTAB Deposition Proceedings

by Jones Day on

Many attorneys have encountered an opposing party’s witness that provides very concise, supportive responses to the questions of the witness’s own attorney after a recess in a deposition. Often, these helpful responses occur...more

Early Summary Judgment Denied in Stapler Patent Lawsuit

Judge Gorton in the District of Massachusetts recently denied an early summary judgment motion filed in a patent infringement suit, holding the motion to be premature on two grounds. First, a scheduled claim construction...more

Judge Oetken Construes Twenty-Nine Claim Terms in “Relatively Large” Markman Opinion

On August 10, 2017, District Judge Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) construed 29 claim terms in a dispute between Defendant Comcast Corporation, et al. (“Comcast”) and Plaintiff Rovi Guides, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Rovi”). The...more

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

Visual Memory v. Nvidia reverses the grant of a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), ruling that the claims recite an enhanced computer memory system and not an abstract idea under § 101. In Georgetown Rail v. Holland, the...more

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