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Federal Circuit invites en banc review of broadening reissue jurisprudence By Jeffery Habenicht – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg In re Staats, No. 2010-1443 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 5, 2012) Slip opinion The Federal Circuit reversed the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences’ (“Board”) decision to reject Staats’s reissue application and remanded for further proceedings. The Board had rejected Staats’s continuing reissue application because it was filed outside of the two-year time limit imposed by 35 U.S.C. § 251 and was not ... Read More...
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Federal Circuit Avoids §101 Analysis in Determining Patent Validity By Jacob Rogers – Edited by Lauren Henry MySpace, Inc. v. Graphon Corp., No. 2011-1149 (Fed. Cir. 2012) Slip opinion The Federal Circuit affirmed Northern District of California’s ruling on summary judgment that four of Graphon’s patents were invalid due to either lack of novelty or obviousness under 35 U.S.C. §102 and 35 U.S.C. §103, respectively. The district court found that these patents, which disclose a method for creating and searching ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 13 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Federal Circuit Invalidates Real Estate Investment Claims Following Bilski Precedent By Elettra Bietti – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg Fort Props., Inc. v. Am. Master Lease LLC, No. 2009-1242 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 27, 2012) Slip Opinion The Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Central District of California, which had granted summary judgment in favor of Fort Properties. In a pre-Bilski decision, the district court had invalidated all 41 claims in American Master Lease’s (“AML”) real estate investment patent for ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Justice Department Approves Google/Motorola Merger and Other Patent Acquisitions By Jacob Rogers – Edited by Jonathan Allred Investigations of Google Inc.’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and the Acquisitions of Certain Patents by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd. (Feb. 13 2012). Decision On Monday, February 13, 2012, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice approved the merger between Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. as well as the acquisition of additional patents ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 22 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Federal Circuit Affirms $371 Million Judgment Against W.L. Gore By Michael Hoven – Edited by Matt Gelfand Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. v. W.L. Gore & Assocs., No. 2010-1050 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 10, 2012) Slip opinion The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision from the District of Arizona, which upheld a jury verdict that W.L. Gore & Associates’s employee had not jointly invented a vascular graft patented by Bard Peripheral Vascular, and that Gore had willfully infringed ... Read More...
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