Mealey's Patents

  • 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.

  • April 25, 2022

    Abbott:  Biointerface Patent Lacks Written Description Support

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 21 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. maintains that six claims of a biointerface patent should be canceled for inadequate written description or, alternatively, as obvious in view of prior art.

  • April 25, 2022

    In Dispute Over Expert Testimony In IPRs, High Court Denies Cert

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its April 25 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court revealed that it will not review a challenge to the practice by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of allowing expert testimony in inter partes review proceedings.

  • April 22, 2022

    Comcast Can’t Shake Infringement Claims Over X1 Platform

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Florida federal judge on April 20 denied a motion for summary judgment by Comcast Cable Communications LLC that stands accused of infringing a patent directed to a system and device for accessing video content.

  • April 22, 2022

    Patent Owner Tells Panel Bus, Cache System Is Nonobvious

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 13 appellee brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the owner of a patent that survived inter partes review (IPR) by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board says the panel should affirm.

  • April 21, 2022

    Comcast Backs Cisco’s Cert Petition On Enhanced Patent Infringement Damages

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Comcast Corp. filed one of two amicus curiae briefs supporting Cisco Systems Inc. on April 18, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to provide guidance on the proper standard for granting enhanced damages in the context of a patent infringement judgment, stating that the standard articulated in Halo Electronics Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc. is not being properly followed by courts.

  • April 21, 2022

    Judge Rejects Some Fracking Patent Claims, Says Valid Questions Remain On Others

    AKRON, Ohio — A federal judge in Ohio on April 12 partially dismissed patent infringement claims brought by a company that makes materials used in hydraulic fracturing operations, finding that material questions of fact remain regarding whether the patent claims are invalid “on the basis of anticipation or obviousness.”

  • April 20, 2022

    Panel: Intel Estopped From Disputing Claim Construction On Appeal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 19 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected efforts by Intel Corp. to challenge the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s construction of “primarily in serial” and “primarily in parallel” as the terms appear in a processor patent.

  • April 20, 2022

    Patented Air Circulation System For Gardeners Singled Out For Review

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An equipment supplier for commercial growers told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on April 19 in a petition for inter partes review that it should cancel myriad claims of a patented “flow distribution system.”

  • April 20, 2022

    Federal Circuit Reinstates Apple Declaratory Judgment Patent Complaint

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California federal judge misread precedent as imposing a “bright-line rule” that licensing, settlement and related communication between a patent owner and a purported infringer cannot form the basis for personal jurisdiction, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled April 18 in a win for Apple Inc.

  • April 18, 2022

    Panel Dismisses 1 Appeal, Affirms Another, Finding Patents Not Infringed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 15 opinion addressing two grants of summary judgment, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a determination that various accused AT&T systems do not infringe three telecom patents.

  • April 18, 2022

    Supreme Court Invites Solicitor General’s Views In Patent Enablement Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its April 18 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on a dispute between two drugmakers over two patents designed to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.

  • April 15, 2022

    Amgen Prevails In Appeal Of Adverse Inter Partes Review

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 14 reversed findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that 24 claims of an Amgen Inc. recombinant protein patent are obvious.

  • April 15, 2022

    Federal Circuit Says Nevada Federal Judge Erred With Construction

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A denial by a federal judge in Nevada of a patent owner’s request for preliminary injunctive relief was premised on an erroneous claim construction, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled April 12.

  • April 14, 2022

    Apple Files 2nd Certiorari Petition Over Standing To Sue Over Licensed Patents

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five months after Apple Inc. filed a petition for certiorari seeking the U.S. Supreme Court’s resolution of a question about whether a licensee has standing to sue over patents that are the subject of a license, the tech firm on April 1 filed another petition, appealing the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ dismissal of its appeals of four more inter partes review (IPR) rulings and presenting the same question as the previous petition.

  • April 14, 2022

    Sports Device Firm Waives Response To Patent Eligibility Certiorari Petition

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Polar Electro Oy filed a notice of waiver in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 13, declining to respond to a petition for certiorari filed by a competitor whose asserted patents were deemed ineligible as disclosing abstract ideas, opting not to opine on presented questions over the proper procedure for determining patent claim eligibility.

  • April 13, 2022

    Evenflo Must Provide Documents In Dispute Over Baby Seat Alert Patents

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Evenflo Company Inc., which is accused of infringing a competitors’ patents relating to an alert system for baby car seats, was compelled to submit documents responsive to the competitor’s requests for production on April 11, with an Arkansas federal judge deeming information about source code, affiliates and sales projections to be relevant.

  • April 12, 2022

    Panel Rejects Patent Indefiniteness Holding But Otherwise Affirms

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to St. Jude Medical S.C. Inc., the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 12 disagreed with a Minnesota federal judge that a majority of claims of a catheter patent are invalid as indefinite, concluding instead that “when read in light of the intrinsic evidence, a person of ordinary skill in the art would understand the scope of the claims with reasonable certainty.”

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