Posts Tagged: CAFC


Disclaimers of Claim Scope Viewed in Context of the Entire Prosecution History

The Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that this evidence did not demonstrate a “clear and unmistakable” disclaimer in claim scope. The Court emphasized that disavowals …

Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Eligibility Under McRO and Enfish

Using new or improved rules applied by a computer may be patent-eligible, and improving the operation of the computer itself may be patent-eligible, but using a computer …

En Banc Federal Circuit finds substantial evidence to support jury verdict in Apple v. Samsung

The Court found substantial evidence to support the jury’s finding of infringement. While Samsung’s expert offered conflicting testimony, a reasonable jury could have credited Apple’…

In non-precedential decision, CAFC says prevailing party can challenge claim construction

what is particularly interesting about this case is that Smith, who had prevailed at the district court and was awarded about $322,500 in damages, thought he could not …
By John M. Rogitz
10 months ago 0

In non-precedential decision, CAFC vacates district court grant of summary judgment

In vacating the district court’s summary judgment order, the Federal Circuit noted first that statements made by Micron’s expert regarding what the anticipatory reference disclosed …
By John M. Rogitz
10 months ago 1

Federal Circuit recognizes its role as only an appellate court in Apple v. Samsung

This decision reestablishes what should always have been the case; namely that the Federal Circuit is an appellate court that does not consider evidence outside the record …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 13

Federal Circuit presumes inventorship correct even when considering standing

Drone sued Parrot for indirect infringement of two patents relating to remote-controlled drones... The Federal Circuit sided with Drone and refused to substantively examine inventorship, where Drone’…

FRCP Form 18 is not sufficient per se to plead patent infringement

The Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to meet the pleading standards for joint patent infringement, holding that Form 18, from …

Federal Circuit Clarifies ‘Inventive Concept’ as Applied to Computers

This case concerned the subject matter eligibility of patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101, for a computer-related invention. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that …

It is time for Judge Mayer to Step Down from the Federal Circuit

Simply stated, the industry and the public deserve better than Judge Mayer. His anti-patent views so cloud his judgment that he twists, exaggerates and misrepresents in order …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 113

In non-precedential decision CAFC reverses PTAB finding of obviousness in reexamination

In re: Natural Alternatives, LLC, 2015-1911 (opinion and errata) is a non-precedential but still notable case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit …
By John M. Rogitz
10 months ago 1

SCOTUS takes case on disparaging trademark case involving Asian-American band The Slants

The USPTO, through its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), denied a standard character mark for “The Slants” to be used with live music performance entertainment on …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 6

Court Lacks Jurisdiction to Review if Assignor Estoppel Precludes PTAB from Instituting IPR

The Federal Circuit dismissed Husky’s appeal, finding that it lacked jurisdiction to review the Board’s determination of whether assignor estoppel barred institution of an inter …

Federal Circuit Clarifies Doctrine of Inherent Disclosure

Under the doctrine of inherent disclosure, it is not necessary for an earlier application to explicitly describe the later patent. There is adequate written description to support …

Federal Circuit Affirms the PTAB, Emphasizing KSR’s Flexible Approach to 103

The Court affirmed the Board’s finding that two previous patents render the ‘695 Patent obvious. The Court rejected ClassCo’s argument that “[a] basic characteristic of a …