Posts in Federal Circuit


Federal Circuit says inequitable conduct can be inferred from activities in a later patent litigation?

Although the patent prosecution process is adversarial in nature, patent practitioners must be keenly aware of their duty to maintain the integrity of any subsequently issued patent …
By Alison McGreary & Ryan Cagle
1 month ago 6

Burden of Persuasion for Patentability of Amended Claims in IPR Stays with Petitioner

After a panel of the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision, in Aqua Products v. Matal, Aqua requested an en banc rehearing. The USPTO Director Joseph …

PTAB due process violations raised in brief to Federal Circuit

On September 22nd, a reply brief for appellant Cascades Projection LLC was filed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a case …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

Patentee Fails to Prove Equivalents did not Ensnare the Prior Art

Crafting a proper hypothetical claim is a prerequisite to whether a theory of infringement under the doctrine of equivalents would also ensnare the prior art. The burden …

Industry Reaction to the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Aqua Products v. Matal

First-take reaction to Aqua Products v. Matal from a distinguished panel of experts. Todd Dickinson: "I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such a collection …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 21

Federal Circuit decides Aqua Products, says patentability burden of amended claims on Petitioner

Sitting en banc the Federal Circuit issued a narrow ruling saying that the burden of persuasion must remain at all times on the petitioner, including with respect …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 9

Federal Circuit applies ‘rule of reason’ to find inventor testimony credible in IPR

The Court found the Board’s reliance on Woodland Trust to be "misplaced" because in that case there had been continued public use for a period of …

Employees working from home do not establish place of business for venue under TC Heartland

In re Cray, Inc., the Federal Circuit applied the recent Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision to grant a writ of mandamus, directing the Eastern District of …

Federal Circuit reverses Board on erroneous application of the broadest reasonable interpretation

The Federal Circuit concluded that the Board's construction of the term 'body' was unreasonably broad even given proper usage of the broadest reasonable interpretation claim standard... This …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 8

Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Pleading Infringement in Lifetime v. Trim-Lok

Lifetime Industries, Inc. v. Trim-Lok, Inc., 2017-1096, (Fed. Cir. Sept 7, 2017) is an appeal involving a dispute over the correct pleading standard in the context of allegation of …

No Actual Controversy for Foreign Manufacturer for DJ, Even if Product is Manufactured in US

The dispute arose from a Mexican patent infringement suit between Stellar and two of Allied’s Mexican distributors. Allied manufactures the products accused of infringement in the …

Claims can be invalidated for reasons first articulated in rebuttal to a Patent Owner’s arguments in an IPR

Idemitsu Kosan Co. v. SFC Co., the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision to invalidate as obvious certain patent claims directed to a device that emits …

Federal Circuit Lacked Jurisdiction Over Claims that Assignment Agreement was Invalid

Inselberg and Interactive filed a motion to dismiss Bisignano and First Data’s declaratory judgment claims and state court counterclaims, and moved to remand the action to …

CAFC says Equitable Estoppel Cannot Compel Arbitration in Waymo v. Uber

Uber Technologies, Inc. and Ottomotto LLC (“Uber”), appealed the district court’s order, denying Uber’s motion to compel arbitration of pending litigation with Waymo, LLC (“Waymo”). …

Intervenor Not Entitled to Mandamus Relief on Discovery Dispute in Waymo v. Uber

Waymo, a Google spin-off, sued Uber and Ottomotto for patent infringement and violations of federal and state trade secret laws. Waymo alleged that its former employee, Mr. …