Posts in Federal Circuit


Are conflicts of interest at the PTAB leading to preferential decisions for Apple?

The lead APJ serving on the panel of multiple CBM reviews petitioned by Apple, who also wrote the final written decision on at least one CBM review …
By Steve Brachmann
22 hours ago 4

Recent court rumblings about a narrow scope of IPR estoppel

An Inter Partes Review (IPR) is an important tool for companies that face frequent patent infringement challenges. An IPR is essentially a mini-litigation focusing solely on patent …
By Mitchell Feller
1 day ago 2

Rule 36, Collateral Estoppel and Unequal Treatment at the Federal Circuit

IntegraSpec was denied the opportunity to make its case here because of collateral estoppel based on the reasoning that they already had a full and fair opportunity …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
4 days ago 7

Samsung Succeeds in Reducing Damages for Infringement of Two Rembrandt Patents

Rembrandt sued Samsung for patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas and convinced a jury that Samsung infringed its two asserted patents, awarding $15.7 million in damages. …

Refusal to institute IPR based on reference does not preclude use of reference for motivation to combine

The Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) decision finding a patent owned by Novartis AG and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. (collectively “Novartis”) to …

Federal Circuit says Rule 36 Judgments can have Preclusive Effect

A Federal Circuit Rule 36 judgment can be a valid and final judgment for purposes of preclusive effects. Additionally, district court findings affirmed by a Rule 36 judgment can …

Federal Circuit affirms ruling that Apple does not infringe Core Wireless’ Patent

Core Wireless sued Apple for infringing its patent directed to a cellular network system including a mobile station providing for improved transmission of data packets. The jury …

If patent owner intends a special meaning, clear disavowal of ordinary meaning required

If the patent owner intends claim terms to have a special meaning, the patent must provide a clear disavowal of ordinary meaning or an alternative lexicography. Otherwise, …

Mylan’s proposed ANDA drug does not infringe MedCo patents

A claim term can be limited to an embodiment described in the specification, if the claim would otherwise be found invalid and the embodiment was not disclaimed. …

Federal Court validity decisions do not bind the PTAB

On appeal, Novartis argued that the PTAB unlawfully reached different conclusions than the Federal Circuit and U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in addressing …

Federal Circuit limits breadth of claims based on definition in specification, prosecution history

On April 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in The Medicines Company v. Mylan, Inc. (2015-1113, 2015-1151, and 2015-1181) …
By John M. Rogitz
17 days ago 0

Other Barks for Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Uber is initiating a patent purchase program and is accepting submissions through May 23, 2017. British musician Ed Sheeran settles a copyright infringement suit that alleged "Photograph" was infringing. …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 0

Costco v. Acushnet: Costco’s Preemptive Strike Sets Tone for Litigation

Tensions between Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco”) and Acushnet Holdings Corp. (“Acushnet”), maker of the Titleist golf ball, have risen since Costco escalated matters last Friday by filing …
By Andrew Rapacke
19 days ago 0

Putting Words in the Mouth of McRO: The PTO Memorandum of November 2, 2016

The USPTO Memorandum of November 2, 2016 as to Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions (“USPTO Memo”) inappropriately attributes the phrase “computer-related technology” to McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue v. …
By Brian Pangrle
20 days ago 4

Is It Really That Obvious? A Tale of Two Decisions

On January 3, 2017 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the court) handed down two decisions relating to obviousness under § 103 – In re: Marcel Van Os, Freddy Allen …
By William Gvoth & Paul Gurzo
20 days ago 3