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Federal Circuit Won’t Review USPTO’s Alice Guidelines

On March 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit ruled that it cannot review the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent-eligibility guidelines to examiners on how to apply the Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.  The appeals court held that could not consider the USPTO’s Interim Eligibility Guidance because it did not create any substantive or procedural right enforceable … Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Case Law Summary of High Point SARL v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., No. 15-1235 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 16, 2016)

Please find below a case summary of a Federal Circuit decision from this month that has patent exhaustion and licensing context. In High Point SARL v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., No. 15-1235 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 16, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s determination that High Point’s claims were exhausted under the doctrine of patent … Continue Reading

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Sides With PTAB in Inter Partes Review Appeal

In a decision imparting more certainty to the Post Grant Review process, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the “CAFC”) held that it lacks jurisdiction to review the Patent and Trademark Office’s (the “PTO’s”) decision to institute inter partes review (“IPR”).  It also concluded that the PTO properly adopted the broadest reasonable interpretation … Continue Reading

Teva v. Sandoz (USSC) – Standard for Appellate Review of Claim Construction Rulings

On Jan. 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision setting forth a new standard for appellate review of a district court’s claim construction ruling.  Teva Pharmas. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854, slip op., 574 U.S. __ (2015).  Prior to this decision, a district court’s claim construction ruling was reviewed de novo … Continue Reading

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Clarifies “Patent Eligible Subject” Matter in its Recent Guidance in Light of Alice

Summary On December 15, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) released its updated 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the “ Interim Eligibility Guidance”) in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (“Alice”)[1], the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (“Myriad”)[2] and Mayo Collaborative … Continue Reading

Viability of certain Internet and software patents reconfirmed in DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com

DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, L.P., Appeal No. 2013-1505 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 5, 2014) For those following the law of patent eligibility in the United States, a December 5, 2014 precedential decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a patent on webpage-display technology is patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § … Continue Reading

Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc.: Guidance on Stays Pending Post-Issuance Proceedings

In a recent decision, Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc., No. 2014-1468 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 20, 2014), the Federal Circuit ordered the District of Delaware to stay district court litigation pending a covered business method (CBM) review, reversing the district court’s decision to deny the accused infringer’s motion to stay.  In reversing the district court’s … Continue Reading

USPTO Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions in Light of Alice Corp.

In Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, el al., Case No. 13-298 (decided June 19, 2014)  (“Alice Corp.”), the Supreme Court unanimously held that the subject patent claims are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  The patents at issue are directed toward a process for mitigating “settlement risk,” i.e., for financial exchange … Continue Reading

$2.3 Million Trial Verdict Against Newegg

On November 25, 2013, the jury in TQP Development, LLC v. 1-800-Flowers.com, et al., U.S.D.C., E.D. Tex., No. 2:11-cv-00248-JRG-RSP, returned a $2.3 million verdict for plaintiff TQP Development, LLC (“TQP”) against Newegg, Inc. (“Newegg”) in TQP’s suit for infringement of United States Patent No. 5,412,730 (the “‘730 Patent”).  TQP had claimed $5.1 million in damages.… Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Cases That Could Potentially Deter Non-Practicing Entities From Filing Frivolous Suits

On October 1, 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the “exceptional” case  standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in two separate patent-infringement cases.  Both cases relate to patentees who are non-practicing entities.  The outcome of these cases could potentially deter patent cases brought by non-practicing entities, as prevailing defendants may have an easier … Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Determination Under Therasense “But For” Exception and Reaffirms Significance of Rohm & Haas

Today, the Federal Circuit upheld the District Court’s inequitable conduct verdict based on the submission of false affidavits to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”).  Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. HTC Corp., 2012-1658.  In its precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit (Moore*, Prost, & O’Malley) handed down its first decision that affirmed a finding of … Continue Reading

An Unreasonable Royalty Rate is No Gaming Matter

The Honorable Judge James L. Robart recently took on the challenging task of determining a reasonable and non-discriminatory (“RAND”) royalty rate for Motorola’s standards-essential patents (“SEP”). Microsoft Corp. v. Motorola, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60233, No. C10-11823 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 25, 2013). This decision comes after a two-year patent war between Microsoft and Motorola. … Continue Reading

SIPO’s Draft Measures on Service Invention

On November 12, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released the Draft Measures on Service Invention《职务发明条例草案(征求意见稿)》(the “Draft Measures”) for public comments. Generally speaking, the Draft Measures enhance the rights of employee inventors, but create some uncertainty for employers.… Continue Reading

Belkin International, Inc. v. Kappos – A Cautionary Tale in the Intricate Arena of Inter Partes Reexamination

By Michael Murphy and Martin Bader On Tuesday of last week, the Federal Circuit held that a party bringing a request for inter-partes reexamination may not appeal a decision by the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that certain prior art does not raise a substantial new question of patentability. See Belkin International, … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About the New Inter Partes Review Process

By Daniel Yannuzzi On September 16th, 2012, new rules go into effect for post-grant proceedings for review of United States Patents. Among these are rules for post-grant review of issued patents, inter partes review and transitional post-grant review proceeding for covered business method patents. This article looks at the new requirements for inter partes review.… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About the New Post-Grant Review Process for U.S. Patents

By Daniel Yannuzzi On September 16th, 2012, new rules go into effect for post-grant proceedings for review of United States Patents. Among these are rules for post-grant review of issued patents, inter partes review and transitional post-grant review proceedings for covered business-method patents. This article looks at the new requirements for post-grant review.… Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Declines to Adopt Test for Patent Eligibility Set Forth in CLS Bank

By Martin Bader and Matthew M. Mueller A three judge panel (Lourie*, Prost, Wallach) of the Federal Circuit recently handed down the Federal Circuit’s second decision in a month on patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. §101. In a unanimous decision, the court in Bancorp Services, L.L.C. v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (U.S.) (No. … Continue Reading

New USPTO Satellite Offices Target Centers of Innovation

By Nathaniel Bruno and Ali Hossein-Khan-Tehrani [1] While the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has long been recognized as the U.S. government’s primary mechanism for encouraging and rewarding innovation by individuals, it has recently engaged in a concentrated season of internal administrative innovation. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), signed into law on … Continue Reading

Calcar and Thorner: Attempting to Reconcile the Federal Circuit’s Claim Construction Jurisprudence

By Nam Kim and Martin Bader In Thorner v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC, 669 F.3d 1362 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (Moore, Rader & Aiken (D. Or. sitting by designation)), the Federal Circuit explained that, under Phillips, a claim term is given its ordinary and customary meaning as understood by a person of ordinary skill in … Continue Reading

CLS Bank: The patent eligibility of computerized trading platforms for exchanging obligations

By Barry Wilson and Martin Bader On July 9, 2012, a three judge panel of the Federal Circuit in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation (Appeal No. 2011-1301) ("CLS Bank"), decided a case of patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In a split decision, the panel reversed the district court’s finding that three Alice Corporation patents claiming a computerized … Continue Reading
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