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Federal Circuit, in a 2-1 Decision, Affirms Nonobviousness Determination in Medical Supply Case; Split Highlights Difficulty of Claim Construction By Chris Kulawik –- Edited by Stephanie Weiner Kinetic Concepts, Inc. v. Blue Sky Medical Group, Inc. Federal Circuit, February 2, 2009, Nos. 07-1340, 07-1341, & 07-1342 Slip Opinion In a 2-1 split, the Federal Circuit affirmed a nonobviousness determination in a contentious dispute between medical technology companies. The case turned on the construction of the claim term “treating a wound” ... Read More...
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Federal Circuit Affirms Judgment Against Qualcomm, Limits Remedy of Patent Unenforceability By Aaron Dulles – Edited By Stephanie Weiner Qualcomm Inc. v. Broadcom Corp., Federal Circuit, December 1, 2008, No. 2007-1545 & 2008-1162 Slip opinion On December 1, 2008, the Federal Circuit affirmed in part the District Court for the Southern District of California, no. 05-CV-1958, holding that Qualcomm breached its duty to disclose relevant video-compression technology patents during its participation in a standards-setting organization (“SSO”). However the Federal Circuit ... Read More...
Posted On Dec - 6 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
An End to Business Methods Patents? By Anthony Kammer – Edited by Anna Lamut In re Bilski CAFC, October 30, 2008, No. 08/833,892 En Banc In re Bilski opinion Amicus Brief, En Banc Order, BPAI opinion  (hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation) On October 30, 2008, an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that a business method developed by Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw for hedging risks in commodities trading ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 5 - 2008 3 Comments READ FULL POST
President Bush Signs PRO-IP Act S. 3325 On Monday, October 14, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, also known as the PRO-IP Act, S. 3325. The PRO-IP Act steepens penalties for IP infringement and increases resources to the DOJ to coordinate state and federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. Although opposed by the DOJ, the Act also provides for a “U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator” position within the Executive Office of the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 14 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Denies Echostar’s Appeal; TiVO Awarded $104 million in Damages Docket Page On Monday, October 6, 2008, the Supreme Court denied Dish’s (formerly EchoStar) appeal of TiVO, Inc. v. EchoStar, 516 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2008), bringing the long patent infringement suit to a close.  By refusing to hear argument, the Court upheld both the district and Federal Circuit decisions, which found Dish had infringed TiVO’s patented DVR software and awarded TiVO $74 million in damages. Dish will be forced to pay ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 9 - 2008 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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