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$48 Million Willful Infringement Award Vacated by Federal Circuit

Exmark Manufacturing was awarded $24 million in compensatory damages after a jury found that Briggs and Stratton infringed Exmark’s patent on a lawn mower with improved flow …

Claims not directed to abstract results when reciting specific steps that accomplish a desired result

According to the Federal Circuit, The claims simply do not simply recite an abstract result. Because the claims recite specific steps that accomplish a desired result, the …

In Travel Sentry v. Tropp, CAFC recognizes broad scope of attribution under doctrine of divided infringement

The central issue before the Federal Circuit was whether there was a genuine issue of material fact that TSA’s performance of those steps could be attributed …

Federal Circuit says Finjan virus-screening method not abstract, is patent eligible

In Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, and remanded the case to the …
By John M. Rogitz
2 days ago 0

Samsung Liable for Infringing Huawei Patents After Maliciously Delaying Negotiations

A Chinese court entered a ruling in favor of Huawei in a patent infringement case against Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung. While finding Samsung liable for infringing the …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 1

Inventor Appeal to CAFC Challenges PTAB Authority to Invalidate Claims on Remand

D’Agostino’s appeal challenges PTAB authority to entertain invalidity on remand as no part of the IPR statute found in the America Invents Act (AIA) permits …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Patent Killing Fields of the PTAB: Erasing Federal District Court Verdicts on Patent Validity

Supporters of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) continue to claim that the facts and figures showing the PTAB is overruling Article III federal district court …

Finjan loses part $40M in Reasonable Royalty Award in Blue Coat case at the Federal Circuit

The Federal Circuit decided that Finjan had not presented substantial evidence that Blue Coat infringed the '968 patent. The court also agreed with Blue Coat that Finjan …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

Six Predictions for the 2018 Patent Environment

For patent practitioners, this year packed in a lot of activity: Fractured Federal Circuit en banc decisions resolving who bears the burden of proof on motions to …

Court Affirms Inherent Disclosure of Monsanto Soybean Claims

The Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection of several claims in a patent owned by Monsanto... Extrinsic evidence is permissible to interpret an allegedly anticipating references and to …

En Banc Federal Circuit Reverses Achates, Time-Bar Determination is Appealable

Inter Partes Review proceedings (IPRs) are subject to statutory timing provisions. The Court, sitting en banc, reviewed whether PTAB decisions determining whether an IPR was timely filed …

Federal Circuit Remands PTAB Decision to Uphold Patent Claims Challenged By Nintendo

While the recent decision did uphold the PTAB’s finding of validity of some claims, the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded part of the decision in a …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 0

Analyzing obviousness and anticipation challenges to claims directed to an isolated component of a prior art mixture

Based on the governing Federal Circuit case law, where the patent claim at issue is directed to a specific component (such as a specific enantiomer) of a …
By Theodore Chiacchio
9 days ago 1

Federal Circuit says IPR time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable

Today, the Federal Circuit reversed Achates, and ruled that time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable. "We find no clear and convincing indication in the specific statutory language …
By Gene Quinn
11 days ago 6

58 Patents Upheld in District Court Invalidated by PTAB on Same Grounds

When going through the list of patents that have been deemed valid in district court and then invalidated through PTAB proceedings, there are 58 cases where the patent …