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Federal Circuit Review - November 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Fractured Federal Circuit Holds Patent Owner Does Not Bear Burden of Persuasion in IPR Motions to Amend - In Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, Appeal No. 2015-1177, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, held that a patent...more

Functional Claim Language Describing System Capabilities May Undermine Indefiniteness

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing issues of indefiniteness and claim construction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s claim construction but reversed its indefiniteness decision, concluding that the system...more

Breadth is not Indefiniteness; If the Relevant Skilled Artisan has Reasonable Certainty as to What is Covered the Claim is Not...

In BASF Corp. v. Johnson Matthey Inc., [2016-1770] (November 20, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the judgment of invalidity for indefiniteness of U.S. Patent No. 8,524,185, which describes and claims systems for...more

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

We do not usually report on district court cases, but the Columbia Sportswear v. Seirus design patent case handled by our firm is particularly interesting, given the award of all of defendant’s profits, and the district...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Difference Between Indefinite Hybrid Claims and Definite Apparatus Claims with Permissive Functional...

The hybrid-claim issue arises in two situations: when an apparatus claim recites user-performed actions; and when an apparatus claim recites actions of the apparatus without tying those actions to the structural features of...more

Distinguishing Capability from Action

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In Mastermine Software, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., Appeal 16-2465, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 21479 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 30, 2017) the Federal Circuit reversed the District Court’s finding of indefiniteness. The District Court found that...more

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

In Bayer v. Watson, the panel throws out Bayer’s patent to its Staxyn erectile dysfunction drug as being obvious, noting that the district court focused too heavily on the commercial availability of the prior art. The panel...more

ITC Re-Opens Investigation in Response to Federal Circuit Reversal

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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

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

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

PTO Uses Different Approaches “Configured” to Assess Indefiniteness

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a precedential decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) upheld the longstanding US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) practice of using a lower threshold to assess claim indefiniteness during prosecution relative...more

Am I Being Clear Enough? – PTAB Reaffirms Lower Pre-Issuance Threshold for Indefiniteness in Ex Parte McAward

On August 25, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a precedential opinion in Ex Parte McAward, reaffirming the Patent Office’s use of a lower pre-issuance threshold for indefiniteness distinct from the Supreme...more

Lower Threshold for Indefiniteness Confirmed by PTAB in Ex Parte McAward

The courts have long stated that one goal of patent law is to provide certainty to both inventors and the public regarding the law that is applied in determining the metes and bounds of a patent claim....more

USPTO Maintains Standard for Indefiniteness in Rare Precedential Opinion

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Decision on Appeal, Ex parte McAward et al., No. 2015-006416 (P.T.A.B. August 25, 2017) (Judges Linda E. Horner, Annette R. Reimers and Nathan A. Engels) - The Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig...more

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

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...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

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

Massachusetts Patent Litigation Wrap Up – July 2017

by Fish & Richardson on

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing notable activity in patent litigation in the District of Massachusetts, including short summaries of substantive orders issued in pending cases. PetEdge, Inc. v....more

A Foolish Consistency may be the Hobgoblin of Little Minds, but it is the Hallmark of a Successful Applicant/Patent Owner

In In re Walter, [2016-2256] (August 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision in ex parte reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 7,513,711 that all twelve claims of the patent lack adequate written description...more

Federal Circuit Review - July 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

District Court Abused Discretion in Not Finding Case Exceptional - In Rothschild Connected Devices v. Guardian Protection Services, Appeal No. 2016-2521, the Federal Circuit held that a district court abused its discretion...more

Indefiniteness Dooms Patent Claims on Summary Determination

by Jones Day on

Dispositive summary judgment in district court patent cases is somewhat common, but similar early dispositions of Section 337 investigations in the ITC are rare in comparison. One such outcome happened recently in Certain UV...more

Standard for Claim Indefiniteness Virtually Relaxes

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing claim indefiniteness, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the claim term “virtually free from interference” was sufficiently definite to pass § 112 muster. One-E-Way, Inc. v. Sony Corp.,...more

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

One-E-Way, Inc. v. ITC, Fed. Cir. Case 2016-2105 (June 12, 2017) - A divided panel reverses a determination of indefiniteness by the ITC, ruling that under Nautilus, the claim language, in combination with the...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - June 2017

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Nexlearn, LLC v. Allen Interactions, Inc. (No. 2016-2107, -2221, 6/19/17) (Moore, Schall, Hughes) Moore, J. Affirming dismissal due to lack of personal jurisdiction....more

Summaries of All Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases Decided Since Jun. 1, 2016

This paper is based on reports on precedential patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit distributed by Peter Heuser on a weekly basis. Please see full publication below for more information....more

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