Posts in Federal Circuit


The Implicit Exception to § 101 for Abstract Ideas Should Be Narrowly Construed

There is an alternative route is available to stay true to Supreme Court eligibility jurisprudence: Apply the Supreme Court’s standard approach of narrowly construing statutory exceptions …
By Jeremy Doerre
2 days ago 27

US Inventor Files Amicus Brief With CAFC in Support of En Banc Rehearing on Single-Reference Obviousness Issue

On August 1st, the non-profit inventor advocacy group US Inventor filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit asking the court to …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

Disparaging, Immoral, and Scandalous Trademarks Since Matal v. Tam

A little more than one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause as unconstitutional in Matal v. Tam, 137 S. …
By Brian Iverson
3 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Dismisses PTAB Appeal Because Appellant Fails to Prove Injury-In-Fact for Standing

On Friday, August 3rd, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in JTEKT Corporation v. GKN Automotive, which dismissed an appeal stemming …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 1

Categorical Rules and Why the Investpic Holding Should Worry Everyone

This assertion is a mischaracterization of Alice Corp., which never held that the intermediated settlement claims at issue in Alice Corp. were abstract because of the risk …

LED Patent Invalid for Lack of Enabling Disclosure for All Claimed Permutations

Trustees of Boston University (“BU”) sued Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., and others (collectively, “Everlight”) for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the “738 Patent”). The Federal Circuit reversed …

CAFC Affirms Invalidation of Water Recreation Device Patent Over Newman Dissent

In Zup v. Nash Manufacturing, ZUP filed suit, alleging contributory infringement and induced infringement of the patent-at-issue, trade secret misappropriation under Virginia law, and breach of contract.  …

En banc CAFC: Patent applicant Not required to pay PTO attorney fees in District Court appeal

NantKwest filed suit in district court under 35 U.S.C. § 145 to contest the PTO’s rejection of its patent application. The USPTO prevailed and filed a motion …

PTAB Judgment for Patent Owner Reversed, GoPro Catalog is Prior Art

On Friday, July 27th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holdings, vacating a final written …

Aqua Products: Is It Helping Patent Owners Swim Better Nine Months Later?

At the time, many thought this change in law would significantly assist patentees in avoiding full-blown cancellation of their claims. However, our review suggests a case-by-case analysis …
By Chris Bruno & Arun Mohan
11 days ago 1

Claim reciting results achieved by general computer technology directed to unpatentable abstract idea

In Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a judgment finding patent claims asserted by Interval Licensing LLC failed to recite patent-eligible subject matter …

No Light at the End of the Tunnel, Not Even Close

It’s been over eight years since the Supreme Court issued its Bilski v Kappos decision, over six years since the Supreme Court issued its Mayo v. …

CAFC invalidates Boston University patent claim for lack of enablement

“In sum, Defendants showed that epitaxially growing a monocrystalline layer directly on an amorphous layer would have required undue experimentation—indeed, that it is impossible,” the Federal …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 2

Is the Federal Circuit using Rule 36 to avoid difficult subject matter?

Obviously, Judges cannot be experts on all things, but this apparent lack of understanding of something so fundamental to the case was a bit alarming for the …

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court’s Finding of Validity of Claims Directed to Aveed®

When relying on scientific guidelines to support an obviousness rationale, practitioners should offer evidence for why contradictory guidelines should be discounted. A claimed constituent is not “necessarily …

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