Posts Tagged: Judge WIlliam Bryson


Appending Conventional Steps to Abstract Idea an Insufficient Inventive Concept

The Court held that dealing “physical playing cards” did not constitute patent eligible territory. This constituted a “purely conventional” activity, like the conventional computer implementation that fell …

Federal Circuit denies mandamus, can decide later if patent was really a covered business method

On Friday, March 18, 2016, in a one paragraph Order that for some reason is not available on the Court's website, the United States Court of Appeals for the …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 5

Federal Circuit says PTAB decision on redundancy of asserted IPR grounds not appealable

The Federal Circuit held, pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 314(d), that it does not have jurisdiction to review an institution decision, because a “determination by the Director …

CAFC overturns $18 million verdict because jury improperly left to determine claim scope

Following a five-day trial, the jury found the asserted claims valid and infringed, and awarded Eon $18,800,000. In determining only that the terms should be given their plain …

CAFC find Inequitable Conduct on argument plus withholding contradictory evidence

In the second reexamination, OWW’s representations about a lack of corroborating evidence constituted inequitable conduct, because OWW was aware that such corroborating evidence existed. Specifically, James …

Certificate of Correction Changing a Chemical Structure Does Not Affect Validity of Patent

The sole modification in the figure amended was to change one of the 13 amino acids in the structure of daptomycin from an L-stereoisomer to a D-stereoisomer of …

Third-Party Use of Similar Marks Relevant to Strength of Opposer’s Trademark

The Federal Circuit explained that evidence of third-party use bears on the strength or weakness of an opposer’s mark. In this case, which arose as an …

Court Reverses Indefiniteness Under Nautilus; Design Patents for Surgical Shears are Valid

Ethicon sued Covidien in the Ohio district court for infringement of utility and design patents directed to ultrasonic surgical shear devices. The court granted Covidien’s motions …

Safeway defeats Kroy IP Holdings on summary judgment in EDTX patent case

After two and a half years of hard-fought litigation, Kroy IP Holdings has been defeated in a patent case brought against grocery retailer Safeway, Inc. In two …

Apple, Samsung Get to Keep Financial Documents Confidential

Last week the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in the latest appeal in the Apple/Samsung epic patent battle. See …
By Gene Quinn 3 years ago 4

Federal Circuit Panel Rehears ACLU, Myriad Gene Patent Case

Although predictions on the outcome of an unusual case such as this are probably worthless, I think that it is most likely that this panel will rule …
By Ryan Chirnomas 4 years ago 8

Myriad: Isolated DNA claims from “ball bats in trees,” and “kidneys” to “magic microscopes.”

The basic argument in Myriad is whether DNA that is isolated from the chromosomes is statutory subject matter, or whether it is a product of nature. The …
By Mary Beth Tung 5 years ago 95

Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Rader Rules in Utramercial that Breadth and Lack Specificity Does Not Make Claimed Method Impermissibly Abstract*

Some will undoubtedly view the Chief Judge’s basis in Ultramercial for distinguishing the ruling in CyberSource as being “slight of hand” and using “mirrors,” but it …
By Eric Guttag 5 years ago 25

As Predicted, Federal Circuit Rules Isolated DNA Patentable

After much anticipation, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier today issued a decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. The …
By Gene Quinn 5 years ago 8

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal on Patented Medical Diagnostics

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., which sets up another foray into the patent eligible subject …
By Gene Quinn 5 years ago 5