Posts in Federal Circuit


Is it Time To Amend 101?

Rather than the drastic measure of abolishing § 101, such as that proposed by previous USPTO Director Kappos, we think that a simple change to § 101 that removes the confusing …

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Judgment on All Grounds in LifeNet Health v. LifeCell

Lifenet’s patent is for plasticized soft tissue grafts used for transplantation in humans. The specification discloses that plasticizers can be removed before implantation, although they need …

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Insight on §101 Protections for Software Patents

In a September 13, 2016 decision relating to subject matter eligibility of software patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s order granting Defendants’ …

Free Webinar: Federal Circuit Trends in a Post-Alice World

Over the last several months certain new trends are developing at the Federal Circuit as the court pivots to address the new reality of a much more …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 0

Jury’s Willfulness Determination Affirmed Under Modified In re Seagate Standard

Stryker Corporation was awarded $70 million in lost profits after a jury found that Stryker’s patents were valid and willfully infringed by Zimmer. The district court affirmed …

Federal Circuit Affirms Disqualification of Counsel, Dismissal of Complaint Based on Confidential Information

Schlumberger raised Rutherford’s potential conflict of interest to the court in April 2014, and subsequently filed a motion to disqualify Dynamic’s counsel. The district court found …

More software patent eligible, Federal Circuit says lip synchronization not abstract

It is hard to ignore the fact that the Federal Circuit again continued to point out that the innovation at issued was an improvement. This should give …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 29

PTAB invalidates three patents covering Teva’s Copaxone, opens door for Mylan’s generic version

On Wednesday, August 24th, the Patent Appeal and Trial Board (PTAB) issued decisions in two inter partes review (IPR) filings made against patents owned by private Israeli …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 0

PTAB arbitrary and capricious in denying motion to amend in IPR

In the final decision by the Board in the IPR, the Board denied the patent owner’s motion solely because the patent owner did not discuss whether …
By Gene Quinn
29 days ago 5

Federal Circuit affirms Apple iPhone patent victory over GPNE

GPNE sued Apple for direct infringement of claims in two of GPNE’s patents. The patents at issue relate to a two-way paging system, where the paging …
By Gene Quinn & John M. Rogitz
1 month ago 0

PCT International keeps permanent injunction thanks to Rule 36 affirmance

A lack of written opinion in the Rule 36 affirmance issued by Federal Circuit wasn’t an issue for PCT’s counsel. "These types of results reflect a …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Rule 36 Judgment: The growing problem of one word affrimance by the Federal Circuit

In PCT International, Inc. v. Holland Electronics, LLC, the use of a Rule 36 judgment is particularly disconcerting because the Federal Circuit upheld the issuance of a permanent …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 6

CAFC: Obviousness Analysis Must be Based on More than Common Sense

The Court recognized that “‘[c]ommon sense has long been recognized to inform the analysis of obviousness if explained with sufficient reasoning.’” However, “there are at least …

Co-Inventors Must be Named, Even Those who Contribute to One Aspect of One Claim

On appeal, the Federal Circuit reviewed whether there was substantial evidence supporting the district court’s finding that Nathan and Matheson should be added as co-inventors. In …

Specification Focus on one Embodiment Cannot Limit the Invention if Specification Contemplates Other Embodiments

While much of the specification focuses on a scheme involving patient-identifying information, the Court held that a specification’s focus cannot be limited on one particular embodiment …