Posts in Federal Circuit


Admissions that programming was commonly known doom patent owner in CBM appeal

The Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision to invalidate certain claims in three patents owned by Ameranth. The Court relied heavily on Ameranth’s concessions within …

Supreme Court: Term ‘article of manufacture’ encompasses both a product sold to a consumer and a component of that product

The relatively short opinion by Supreme Court standards – just over eight pages – puts it simply: “The text resolves this case. The term ‘article of manufacture,’ as used …
By John M. Rogitz
1 day ago 1

Litigating Willful Patent Infringement in a Post-Halo World

After Halo, courts appear to be breathing new life into claims for willful patent infringement and enhanced damages claims. In fact, since Halo’s new standard took …

A Patent Year in Review: Looking back on 2016, Forecasting for 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016 and to look ahead toward 2017. …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 1

Federal Circuit’s En Banc Review in Aqua Products Could Upend PTAB Amendment Practice

On December 9, 2016, the en banc Federal Circuit will hear argument in In re Aqua Products, Inc. on an issue that has long been troubling patent owners involved …
By Paul Margulies
6 days ago 4

Federal Circuit Affirms in Part and Reverses in Part “Means Plus Function” Indefiniteness

In an indefiniteness analysis, particularly for a “means plus function” claim, the patent must particularly disclose the corresponding structure for performing the claimed function. It is not …

Federal Circuit Denies Mandamus Relief and Orders Disclosure of Documents

As a threshold matter, the Court considered whether it had jurisdiction over the writ of mandamus. The Court noted the America Invents Act broadened its jurisdiction to …

CAFC says Antedating a Reference under Section 102(g) Focuses on Critical Period as a Whole

In an IPR decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated several claims from U.S. Patent No. 6,030,384 as anticipated or obvious over Japanese Publication No. H1033551…

Prior Art Combination that Sometimes Provides Results of Broadly Claimed Method Can Make that Method Obvious

In 2013, Google, Inc. (“Google”) filed inter partes review and covered business method petitions challenging the validity of Unwired Planet, LLC’s (“Unwired”) patent, at issue on appeal. …

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Decision Applying Incorrect Definition for CBM Patents

Claimed methods incidental or complimentary to financial services are not necessarily reviewable as CBM patents. The claims as they were written must be directed to methods and …

CAFC Judges invite en banc review of holding that PTAB decisions to initiate IPRs are unreviewable

''It appears to me that en banc consideration [of Achates] is warranted,'' Judge Taranto wrote. ''It is notable, to begin with, that the [Supreme] Court pointedly …
By John M. Rogitz
11 days ago 5

Light on analysis, heavy on conclusion, no claim construction, CAFC rules claims ineligible

How patent claims can be invalidated without a proper and thorough claim construction is baffling. It flies in the face of everything patent law stands for and …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 78

Federal Circuit slams PTAB for wrong definition of CBM patent in Unwired Planet v. Google

The PTAB used the wrong standard to institute the CBM proceeding in the first place, which lead the Federal Circuit to vacate the PTAB decision and remand …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 17

A Guide to Software Patent Eligibility at the Federal Circuit

The Alice/Mayo framework is the decisional approach adopted by the United States Supreme Court for determining whether a patent claim exhibits, such as software patent claims, …
By Gene Quinn
20 days ago 13

CAFC Overturns Trademark Cancellation, Clarifies ‘Use in Commerce’ Requirement

The Federal Circuit reversed the cancellation of two trademarks by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) and remanded for further consideration... “Use in commerce” under the …