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BASF Loses Pesticide Patent Appeal Due to Prosecution Disclaimer Doctrine

BASF v. Makhteshim Agan
By David LeRay – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

BASF Agro B.V. (“BASF”), the world’s largest chemical manufacturer, suffered a setback in its patent litigation against Makhteshim Agan of North America (“Makhteshim”), the world’s largest generic agrochemical maker.The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Middle District of North Carolina’s grant of summary judgment of non-infringement for the defendants.

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Posted On Mar - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Reverses Equitable Estoppel Involving Continuation-in-Part Patent

Radio Systems Corp. v. Lalor
By Craig Fratrik – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the decision of the Western District of Washington, which had ruled that Tom Lalor and Bumper Boy (“Bumper Boy”) were barred under equitable estoppel from bringing certain patent infringement claims and that none of Radio Systems’ other designs were infringing.

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Posted On Mar - 23 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Is Not a Federal Cause of Action, Federal Circuit Affirms

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. v. Nagata
By Erica Larson – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Northern District of California, which ruled that plaintiff Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. (“SEL”) could not establish federal jurisdiction over defendant Dr. Yujiro Nagata. The courts rejected a novel offensive application of assignor estoppel, traditionally a defense.

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Posted On Feb - 19 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Rules Section 102(g) Requires Little Enablement or Public Disclosure from Prior Inventors

Fox Group, Inc. v. Cree, Inc.
By Dorothy Du – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the Eastern District of Virginia, which had granted defendant Cree’s motion for summary judgment on the invalidity of Fox Group’s (“Fox”) entire patent on low defect single crystal silicon carbide.

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Posted On Dec - 11 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Reaffirms Sufficiency of Animal Testing for Medical Device Patents, Makes eBay Test Less Rigid

Edwards Lifesciences v. CoreValve
By David LeRay – Edited by Dorothy Du

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and remanded in part the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, which had found that CoreValve infringed upon Edwards Lifesciences’ heart valve patent and awarded lost profits damages, but did not issue an injunction.

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Posted On Nov - 30 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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