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  • January 27, 2021

    Juniper Tells Board Network Connectivity Patent Is Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 26 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Juniper Networks Inc. says 16 claims of a patented method for improving network connectivity should be canceled.

  • January 26, 2021

    Apple Tells Federal Circuit Board Erred In Construing Patent Claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 25 appellant brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Apple Inc. disputes findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in four inter partes reviews (IPRs) of a patent directed to an activation button.

  • January 26, 2021

    Certiorari Denied In Dispute Over Abstract Idea Exception To Patentability  

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 25 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari that posed the question of whether the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has “properly narrowed the scope of the abstract idea exception” to Section 101 of the Patent Act.

  • January 25, 2021

    Samsung Singles Out Ericsson Patent For Inter Partes Review

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 22 filing with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. asserts that a patented method for facilitating the exchange of data in wireless communications networks relies upon a formula that was already known by persons of skill in the art at the time of patenting.

  • January 25, 2021

    Method For Improving Computer Memory Is Valid, Patent Owner Says

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 23 preliminary patent owner response filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Flash-Control LLC maintains that its patented technology for improving computer memory systems’ read and write performance is nonobvious.

  • January 22, 2021

    Intel Mandamus Petition Over Transferred Patent Trial Denied By Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Weeks after it granted a petition for a writ of mandamus by Intel Corp. over a Texas federal judge’s decision to transfer a planned patent infringement trial from one division to another, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 21 denied a subsequent petition by Intel, finding no abuse of discretion in the district court’s retransfer of the case pursuant to Section 1404(a) of the general venue statute.

  • January 22, 2021

    Federal Circuit Affirms: Patented Lubricating Oil Composition Is Obvious

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 21 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a Patent Trial and Appeal Board determination of obviousness with regard to a lubricating oil composition for use in internal combustion engines was supported by substantial evidence.

  • January 22, 2021

    Generic Drug Application Yields Patent Complaint In Delaware Federal Court

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Amgen Inc., maker of the chronic heart failure (CHF) drug Corlanor, levied allegations of patent infringement against the filers of an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) in a complaint filed Jan. 20 in Delaware federal court.

  • January 21, 2021

    Nevada Federal Judge: Amended Infringement Contentions Are Untimely

    LAS VEGAS — In a Jan. 20 order, a federal judge in Nevada granted a motion to strike untimely amended infringement contentions in a dispute over a reissue patent relating to a system for redirecting internet users.

  • January 20, 2021

    Delaware Federal Magistrate: Dismiss Willful Patent Infringement Claim

    WILMINGTON, Del. — In a Jan. 15 report and recommendation, a federal magistrate judge in Delaware concluded that although an allegation of direct single actor patent infringement should proceed, allegations that the infringement was willful should be dismissed.

  • January 20, 2021

    Allegation LED Patent Is Obvious, Correctly Rejected, Panel Says

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 19 ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected assertions by a petitioner for inter partes review (IPR) that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in rejecting its allegation of obviousness.

  • January 19, 2021

    Mylan Appeal Of Adverse Inter Partes Review Rejected By Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 15 judgment, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to allow, on remand, substitute patent claims in an inter partes review (IPR), in a win for the owner of a patented treatment of prostate cancer.

  • January 19, 2021

    Panel Affirms: Digital Floral Arrangement Method Not Patentable

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 upheld a rejection by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of an application to patent a method of creating a floral arrangement on an electronic display screen, agreeing with the agency that the claimed method runs afoul of Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. § 101.

  • January 19, 2021

    Panel Upholds Patent Ineligibility Findings In Win For Nintendo

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 agreed with a federal judge in Texas and infringement defendant Nintendo of America Inc. that a motion-sensing patent is directed to ineligible subject matter.

  • January 15, 2021

    Google Infringes Patented Electronic Spreadsheet System, Appellant Says

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 4 appellant brief, a patent owner urges the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate and remand a Delaware federal judge’s determination that “Google Sheets” does not infringe a patented electronic spreadsheet system.

  • January 15, 2021

    High Court OKs Divided Oral Argument In Dispute Over Administrative Patent Judges

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 11 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the U.S. government’s motion for divided argument in upcoming oral arguments in a combined appeal over whether administrative patent judges (APJs) in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) constitute principal officers and, thus, must be appointed by the president under the U.S. Constitution’s appointments clause.

  • January 14, 2021

    Philip Morris Wins Post-Grant Review Of Vaping Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 13 decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board granted a petition for post-grant review (PGR) by Philip Morris Products S.A. of a patent issued in December 2019 relating to an article for smoking vaporized substances.

  • January 14, 2021

    In Patent Appeal Over Payment Processing, Appellees Prevail

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 agreed with a California federal judge that various claims of three patents relating to the release of an electronic payment at the completion of a transaction claim ineligible subject matter under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. § 101.

  • January 13, 2021

    In Patent Row, Defendant Says Claim Is Indefinite, Injunction Was Error

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 11 Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals corrected appellant brief, a declaratory judgment plaintiff accused of infringing an audio-conferencing patent maintains that it complied with the “very specific roadmap” provided by an Illinois federal judge in a 2019 preliminary injunction, redesigning the accused product, but was nonetheless again enjoined unfairly and found in contempt.

  • January 12, 2021

    Google Asks Patent Board To Cancel HVAC Technology As Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 11 petition for inter partes review (IPR) Google LLC took aim at a patent directed to climate control fraud reduction efforts, telling the Patent Trial and Appeal Board it should cancel 16 patent claims on grounds of obviousness.

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