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Federal Circuit Flash Digest: News in Brief 

By Amanda Liverzani

Non-Infringement Decision on Hospital Bed Patents Reversed for Erroneous Claim Construction

Patents for Eyelash Growth Treatment Invalidated Based on Obviousness

Constitutionality of “First-Inventor-to-File” Regime Still Undecided

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Posted On Jul - 6 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Flash Digest: News in Brief 

By Max Kwon

Nonprofit advocacy group fails to show “injury in fact”

Court upholds duty to disclose mediator’s personal relationship with defendant

Claim dismissed as indefinite for resting on patent lacking specfic algorithm

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Posted On Jul - 1 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Holds Liability for Induced Infringement of Method Patent Only if All Steps Attributable to One Person

By Kyle Pietari – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

A unanimous Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit in holding that there can be no inducement liability without a statute-based direct infringement. This prevents liability for would-be infringers who collaboratively complete a claimed method, but neither completes every step.

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Posted On Jun - 24 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Specific Facts Supporting Indirect Infringement Required for Software Supplier to Obtain Declaratory Judgment Against Patentee Suing End Users
By Geng Chen – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

Microsoft Corp. v. DataTern, Inc., No. 13-1184 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 4, 2014)

The Federal Circuit held that Microsoft and SAP had standing to bring invalidity and noninfringement declaratory judgment actions against DataTern, based on DataTern’s previous lawsuits against those companies’ software customers for direct patent infringement, but only to the extent that those direct infringement claims also established a controversy on issues of contributory and induced infringement.

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

Distinguishing “Intellectual Property” from Trade Secrets in the Federal Circuit
By Paul Klein – Edited by Geng Chen

The Federal Circuit reversed and vacated a district court ruling holding Hauge in contempt of a court order enforcing a settlement agreement, which required Hauge to assign his former employer “all other intellectual property and other rights relating to pressure exchanger technology . . . .” The Federal Circuit found that Hauge had not violated the order by manufacturing and selling a similar exchanger, even if he used a proprietary manufacturing process in a manner that potentially violated patent or trade secret laws.

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Posted On Apr - 3 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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