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Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of Inurement Doctrine; Implicit Direction Sufficient
By Elise Young – Edited by Geng Chen

The Federal Circuit affirmed the invalidity of Solvay’s patent. The court ruled that inurement does not require the inventors to direct reduction to practice, but that authorization is sufficient. As such, Honeywell’s reduction to practice in the United States inured to the original foreign inventors because their agreement implicitly authorized reduction to practice.

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Posted On Feb - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Court Punts Apple v. Samsung Back to Judge Koh, Citing Overly Restrictive Causal Nexus Standard

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co.
By Amy Zhang – Edited by Elise Young

On November 18th, the Federal Circuit ruled on the Northern District Court of California’s decision, which denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction. It affirmed the finding that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s design patents but vacated the denial of injunctive relief for utility patents. The decision turns on the the causal nexus between ongoing infringement and irreparable harm.

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Posted On Nov - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Rita Resende Soares

Federal Circuit Renews Apple’s Hope For Injunction Against Samsung

Google And Microsoft Strengthen Their Commitment Against Child Abuse

Supreme Court Rejects Petition To Halt NSA Surveillance Of Domestic Telephone Calls

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Posted On Nov - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Finds Means–Plus–Function Algorithm Claim Invalid for Indefiniteness
By Aditya Gupta – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Ibormeith IP, LLC v Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

The Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s holding that certain means-plus-function claims of Ibormeith’s patent -  “Sleepiness Detection for Vehicle Driver or Machine Operator” – were invalid for indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112. The court also noted that Ibormeith’s arguments for the breadth of its disclosure, for the purpose of infringement, must be held as “binding admissions” when evaluating claim validity.

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Posted On Oct - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Based on False Declaration
By Mary Schnoor – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. HTC Corp.

The Federal Circuit affirmed that two patents owned by Intellect Wireless, Inc. (“Intellect”) are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Intellect claimed that HTC Corp. had infringed patents covering technology allowing a wireless device to receive and display caller identification information. The founder of Intellect, and inventor of the patents in question, intentionally submitted false declarations to the USPTO.

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Posted On Oct - 22 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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