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Federal Circuit Declares Pharmaceutical Patents Unenforceable for Inequitable Conduct By Laura Fishwick – Edited by Jennifer Wong Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Hospira, Inc., No. 2011-1018, 2012 WL 1155716 (Fed. Cir. April 9, 2012). Slip Opinion The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware‘s holding that claim 5 of Aventis Pharma’s U.S. Patent No. 5,750,561 (filed August 4, 1993) (“the ‘561 patent”) and claim 7 of its U.S. Patent No. 5,714,512 ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 14 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Rejects Diagnostic Process Claims as Unpatentable Laws of Nature By Charlie Stiernberg – Edited by Dorothy Du Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., No. 10-1150 (U.S. Mar. 20, 2012) Slip Opinion In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court reversed a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that had held Prometheus’ claimed invention, a process that helps doctors determine whether a given dosage of thiopurine drugs is too high or low, was patentable subject ... Read More...
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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
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