Posts Tagged: Judge Alan Lourie


Federal Circuit affirms PTAB decision to invalidate MPHJ patent

The Federal Circuit upheld the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”), on Inter Partes Review, to invalidate as anticipated or obvious all claims of …

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Decision on Obviousness, Judge Newman Dissents

The Court’s opinion stresses that in an obviousness analysis, it should consider “whether the improvement is more than the predictable use of prior art elements according …

CAFC Reverses on Indefiniteness Because Claim Terms Sufficiently Supported by Examples

The Court was careful to explain that its “holding in this case does not mean that the existence of examples in the written description will always render …

Federal Circuit Denies Remand Despite Changes in Direct Infringement Law under Akamai

The Court held that remand was improper. Generally, remand is proper where the governing legal standards change during appeal. However, the Court found that the change in …

Federal Circuit denies en banc rehearing, IPR proceedings can be instituted for less than all of the challenged claims

The Federal Circuit denied appellant SAS’s petition for rehearing en banc from a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, without an explanatory opinion. Judge …

Section 314(d) Bars Appellate Review of PTAB’s Reconsideration of Decision to Institute

In 2013, Cardiocom, LLC (“Cardiocom”), a subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc. (“Medtronic”), sought inter partes review of two patents owned by Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. (“Bosch”). The Cardiocom …

Claims broad enough to encompass mental processes are unpatentable abstract ideas

The Court reasoned that the claims were limited to straightforward steps that a skilled artisan could perform mentally and that the inventors admitted to doing so. The …

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’…

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
5 months ago 13

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 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 …

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
6 months ago 5

Negotiation to Sell Products Outside the US is not an Infringing Offer for Sale

The Federal Circuit again addressed whether Pulse’s domestic sales activities were either a sale or an offer for sale in the U.S. While the patent …

Federal Circuit Vacates District Court’s Determination on Personal Jurisdiction

Polar argued on appeal that the district court erred in finding that Suunto did not have sufficient contacts in Delaware. The Court agreed with Polar. The Court …

Federal Circuit Affirms Registration of MAYARI over Opposition from MAYA Trademark Holder

Oakville Hills Cellar, Inc. (“Oakville”), doing business as Dalla Valle Vineyards, appealed from the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the United States …