Posts in Federal Circuit


Illumina v. Ariosa Diagnostics: A Closer Look

The Federal Circuit recently found that a method for preparing an extracellular DNA fraction from a pregnant human female and using it for analyzing a genetic locus …

CAFC Finds Claim for Delivery Notification System Abstract as Directed to a Longstanding Commercial Practice

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 days ago 6

McRO Patent Upheld Again at Federal Circuit, But Not Infringed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a precedential decision authored by Judge Taranto, today affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and remanded a decision of the …
By Eileen McDermott
6 days ago 1

Non-Limiting Preamble Costs Cochlear at CAFC

Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB (“Cochlear”) owns U.S. Patent No. 7,043,040 (“the ‘040 patent”), directed to a hearing aid for use in those with unilateral hearing loss. Oticon …
By Kim Jordahl
6 days ago 3

Federal Circuit Finds District Court Correctly Applied Ordinary Observer Test

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
7 days ago 0

Uniloc v. LG Shows that Broad Software Claims are Patent Eligible, Highlights the Perils of Concession

The Federal Circuit’s recent Uniloc v. LG Electronics decision (April 30, 2020) may be very helpful for subject matter eligibility. This Federal Circuit panel (Moore, Reyna & Taranto) held …
By Scott Zimmerman
8 days ago 14

Federal Circuit Issues Several Rulings Defining Contours of Arthrex Decision

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued several rulings defining some of the contours of the impact of its decision last …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 3

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Finding of Standing Despite Improperly Filed Assignment

On May 13, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a decision of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota …
By Rebecca Tapscott
11 days ago 0

Assessing the Impact of American Axle Six Months Out

Since the Supreme Court’s Alice decision in 2014, many patent prosecutors in Industrial & Mechanical Technologies practice groups have been spared the headaches that the decision created for …

Ericsson v. TCL Lays Bare the Federal Circuit’s Fundamental Hostility to Patents

It has become difficult to understand why the Federal Circuit does what it does in any number of rulings, but its decisions relating to patent eligibility have …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 19

In re Forney Could Herald a Brighter Future for Color Marks

Trademarks consisting solely of a color applied to products or their packaging have been protectable under U.S. law for decades—if they meet a heightened standard …

Comcast’s Lobbying Won’t Dilute the ITC’s Enforcement Authority

Late last month, TiVo won its second intellectual property battle with Comcast at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and is poised to win a third ruling this …
By Christopher Smithmyer
15 days ago 2

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Non-Obviousness Ruling in View of Prior Art

On May 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial …
By Rebecca Tapscott
19 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Holds Banks to Be ‘Persons’ Under the America Invents Act

Recently, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, holding that the Board correctly determined that the claims 21–24 of U.S. Patent …

Uniloc Patent Claims Vindicated Under Alice at Federal Circuit

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Moore, reversed and remanded a decision of the U.S. …
By Eileen McDermott
25 days ago 2