Posts Tagged: Judge O’malley


CAFC: District Court did not abuse discretion to allow new 101 defense after Alice

The plaintiff moved to strike the re-asserted invalidity defense under §101 as not made with good cause and as unfairly prejudicial. The defendant argued that the change was …

Federal Circuit Denies Patent Term Adjustment for Erroneous Restriction Requirement

Pfizer argued that the original restriction requirement, because it was incomplete, created a delay by failing to provide Pfizer with adequate notice of the basis for rejecting …

Negative Claim Limitations Do Not Have a Higher Written Description Standard

The Federal Circuit held that the written description requirement is met for negative claim limitations where the specification simply describes alternatives. In other words, the “reason to …

CAFC Cautions Against Limiting Invention to One Embodiment in the Specification

Imaginal appealed, arguing that the district court improperly construed the disputed claim language, because: because it: (1) ignored the written description and claim language; (2) relied too heavily on …

CAFC Says Prior Art Reference Sufficiently Enabled Based on Applicant Admissions

As applied to Morsa’s application, the Court found that the specification made numerous admissions regarding the knowledge of a person of skill at the time of …

CAFC: Reasonable royalty in design infringement only if greater than infringer’s total profits

Damages for infringement of a design patent can be recovered for the greater of: (1) total profits from the infringer’s sales under 35 U.S.C. § 289, (2) damages in …

Federal Circuit en banc rules Laches Remains Defense in a Patent Infringement Suit

Despite the Supreme Court ruling that laches is no defense to a copyright infringement action brought during the statute of limitations, the Federal Circuit ruled laches can …

Akamai v. Limelight: Defendant may directly infringe where steps performed by a third party

The en banc Court reversed the previous panel, and expanded the circumstances under which an alleged infringer may be liable under §271(a). In addition to circumstances identified …

Collateral Estoppel Applies to Reexam Claim

The Federal Circuit held that the district court correctly applied collateral estoppel to the ’774 patent because reexamined claim 33 contains the same memory limitation previously found in claims 1 …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 0

Patent Reform Dead if CAFC Reviews Willfulness En Banc

In a concurring opinion, Judge O’Malley, who was joined by Judge Hughes, wrote that she felt constrained by the Federal Circuit’s precedent in In re …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 2

Industry Leaders, Judges to Discuss Patent Litigation Reform

Patents and patent reform has been in the news, even the popular press, on an increasing basis. The issue of patents generally and patent litigation specifically has …
By Gene Quinn 2 years ago 2

Federal Circuit Puzzles Over Claim Construction Deference

The en banc Federal Circuit on September 13, 2013, heard oral argument on whether to overrule its en banc decision in Cybor Corp. v. FAS Technologies, Inc., 138 F.3d 1448 (…
By AIPLA 2 years ago 1