Mealey's Patents

  • May 12, 2022

    Federal Circuit Won’t Review Patent Board NHK-Fintiv Analysis

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 11 order, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied petitions for writs of mandamus by Roku Inc., which sought to challenge a denial by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of its petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of two remote control patents.

  • May 11, 2022

    Texas Federal Judge Won’t Transfer Patent Claims Against Amazon

    WACO, Texas — In a May 9 order, a federal judge in Texas said that Amazon.com Inc. and two subsidiaries are not entitled to transfer to the Northern District of California allegations that they infringed a patented Wi-Fi system.

  • May 10, 2022

    Owner Of Canceled Reissue Patents Defends Technology On Appeal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two reissue patents that represent the “epitome of error-free fastening” were wrongly canceled by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the patent owner maintains in a May 9 brief to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • May 10, 2022

    Petitioner:  Duplex Consensus Sequencing Method Not Patentable

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a May 6 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, an oncology technology company requests cancellation of a duplex consensus sequencing (DCS) patent assigned to the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization.

  • May 10, 2022

    Panel Backs Board: Provisional Application Is Public Prior Art

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 6 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals confirmed findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that a patent relating to very large scale integration (VLSI) layouts was anticipated or would be obvious, rejecting an appellant’s position that his provisional patent application cannot qualify as public prior art.

  • May 09, 2022

    In Longstanding Patent Row, Panel Says No Final Order Issued

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a patent case that produced a new test for enhanced damages at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 6 dismissed an appeal of a denied motion for prejudgment interest and a new trial by the patent owner.

  • May 09, 2022

    Patent Defendant Says It Was Properly Absolved In Infringement Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — An appellee tells the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an April 15 brief that it should reject a patent owner’s assertion that an overly narrow construction of “receptacle adapter” as the term is used in a bee trap patent led to an erroneous final judgment of noninfringement.

  • May 06, 2022

    IBM Seeks Cancellation Of Session Initiation Protocol-Related Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a May 4 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, International Business Machine Corp. (IBM) asserts that a patent which purportedly solves the need to support multiple simultaneous application sessions to a single subscriber by providing a session initiation protocol (SIP) network would have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill.

  • May 05, 2022

    ZTE Mandamus Bid Rejected By Panel In Routing Patent Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 5 order, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals refused to direct a Texas federal judge to transfer allegations of patent infringement leveled against ZTE Corp. and others to a different district in Texas.

  • May 05, 2022

    In Texas, $1.7M Portion Of Enhanced Patent Damages Award Vacated

    MARSHALL, Texas — In accordance with a mandate from the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a federal judge in Texas on May 4 vacated his previous award of $1.7 million in enhanced damages on behalf of the owner of three patents.

  • May 05, 2022

    Supplemental High Court Briefs Discuss Kessler Doctrine Use In Patent Suits

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agreeing with the U.S. government’s position that certiorari should be denied in a lawsuit challenging application of the Kessler doctrine in patent infringement lawsuits, Amazon.com Inc. and several of its clients tell the U.S. Supreme Court in an April 28 supplemental brief that the present lawsuit is a poor vehicle for such review.

  • May 04, 2022

    In Texas Patent Case Against Facebook, Dismissal Bid Denied

    WACO, Texas — Efforts by Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. to obtain dismissal of allegations that they engaged in presuit willful infringement of two communication routing patents were unsuccessful on May 3, when a federal judge in Texas instead said the claims should proceed.

  • May 03, 2022

    Panel Leaves Intact Patent Board’s Finding Of Obviousness

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 3 affirmed a final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that various claims of a wireless network patent would be obvious to a person of skill in the art.

  • May 03, 2022

    Uber Seeks Review By Patent Board Of Tracking Device Tech

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 28 petition for inter partes review (IPR), Uber Technologies Inc. maintains that six claims of a patented system for using one tracking device to determine the location of another tracking device should be canceled as obvious.

  • April 29, 2022

    Antitrust Claims By Generic Drug Makers Will Proceed In New Jersey

    TRENTON, N.J. — A request by Celgene Corp. for dismissal of allegations that it violated state and federal antitrust laws was denied April 27 by a federal judge in New Jersey, who instead found that the dispute over supracompetitive pricing for the brand drugs “Thalomid” and “Revlimid” should proceed.

  • April 29, 2022

    Motivation To Combine Analysis Was Improper, Panel Says In Patent Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 29 ruling, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that a person of skill in the art would not be motivated to combine prior art references that the board itself said disclose each limitation of various challenged claims of a robotic surgery patent.

  • April 28, 2022

    Purdue Patent Case Against Semiconductor Companies Dismissed In Part

    WACO, Texas — In an April 27 holding, a federal judge in Texas granted a request by a Netherlands-based semiconductor maker to dismiss allegations that it infringed one Purdue University patent directed to devices intended for use in high-voltage power applications and another patent directed to self-aligned source contacts for field-effect transistors.

  • April 27, 2022

    Federal Circuit Partly Reverses Patent Board Obviousness Holding

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 26 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld findings that various claims of an optical device patent are obvious while also reversing, in part, the board’s finding that other claims in the same patent are nonobvious.

  • April 26, 2022

    Meta Seeks Review Of Patented Method Of Media Distribution

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 25 petition for inter partes review, Meta Inc. maintains that a patent that recites a process of presenting advertisements to a website user based on the user’s previously visited websites relies on “well-known technology” such as “tagging” and “cookies” that are “conventionally used for tracking user activity on the World Wide Web.”

  • April 26, 2022

    PTO Tells Federal Circuit Google Patent App Correctly Rejected

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 18 appellee brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Director Katherine Vidal urges the panel to uphold findings that a Google LLC application to patent a method for presenting search results would be obvious.

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