Mealey's Patents

  • April 12, 2022

    Petitioner Urges Board To Cancel Patented DNA Sequencing Method

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 8 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a cancer diagnostics company takes aim at a University of Washington patent directed to duplex consensus sequencing (DCS) of DNA.

  • April 12, 2022

    Patent Board Urged In New Petition To Cancel UPenn T-Cell Technology

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed April 12, a biopharmaceutical company and its subsidiary maintain a patent claiming an “anti-tumor effective amount” of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells would have been obvious to a person of skill in the art.

  • April 11, 2022

    Federal Circuit Orders New Damages Trial In Immunoassay Patent Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although upholding a jury verdict of direct infringement, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 8 disagreed with the jury’s verdict of induced infringement of different claims of the same patent and vacated the jury’s award of $137.25 million in damages.

  • April 08, 2022

    Google Says ‘Time-Scale Modification’ Correctly Construed By Patent Board

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 28 appellee brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, tech giant Google LLC defends a final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board declaring all challenged claims of four time-scale modification (TSM) patents invalid as obvious.

  • April 08, 2022

    Netflix On Appeal: Patent Covering Encryption Key Technology Is Obvious

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Patent Trial and Appeal Board wrongly upheld as patentable various claims of a method of encryption key distribution, basing its ruling in part on an erroneous, sua sponte claim construction that read in an extra limitation to artificially narrow the claims, Netflix Inc. maintains in a March 21 appeal to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • April 07, 2022

    Indiana Federal Judge: Amended Patent, Trade Dress Claims Deficient

    HAMMOND, Ind. — In an April 5 holding, a federal judge in Indiana dismissed for a second time allegations of patent and trade dress infringement leveled against four retailers, deeming the pro se patent owner’s amended complaint inadequate.

  • April 07, 2022

    Surgical Centers Can’t Dodge Patent Lawsuit In Texas Federal Court

    WACO, Texas — A federal judge in Texas on April 4 denied a motion to dismiss allegations that two stationary ambulatory surgical center patents were infringed, rejecting assertions by two defendants that the claimed technology is ineligible for patenting.

  • April 06, 2022

    Attorney Fee Award, Dismissal In ‘Baseless’ E-Cigarette Patent Dispute Appealed

    ATLANTA — A consumer products company on March 22 filed notice in a Georgia federal court that it will appeal to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for review of the lower court’s Feb. 22 ruling awarding a tobacco company more than $575,000 in attorney fees after the court dismissed the company’s e-cigarette patent infringement claim as “baseless.”

  • April 06, 2022

    Juniper Networks Urges Patent Board To Review Media Conversion Tech

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 5 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Juniper Networks Inc. takes aim at an apparatus and method for multiprotocol media conversion it says would have been obvious to a person of skill in the art.

  • April 05, 2022

    Websites Petition Board For Review Of Code Generating Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The owners and operators of popular websites like Expedia.com and Pinterest.com on April 1 asked the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to institute inter partes review (IPR) of a patented system for generating code to provide content on the display of a device.

  • April 05, 2022

    Panel Agrees With Patent Owner: Claim Construction Was Error

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled April 1 that a Washington federal court erroneously construed “input signal” as the term appears in a patent for combining data streams and that the construction led the court to wrongly grant Nintendo Co. Ltd. a summary judgment of noninfringement.

  • April 04, 2022

    Federal Circuit Vacates, Remands Noninfringement Judgment In Patent Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Massachusetts federal judge’s construction of a claim term in a patented fuse cap end was erroneous, requiring vacatur and remand of a stipulated judgment of noninfringement, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said April 4.

  • April 04, 2022

    Panel Partly Affirms, Partly Remands Board Patentability Holdings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 1 ruling addressing the outcome of several inter partes reviews (IPRs), the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must revisit its determination that 10 claims of two software patents are nonobvious, in a win for patent challenger Microsoft Corp.

  • April 01, 2022

    Patent Owner Wins ‘One Final’ Chance To Prove Tech Is Patent Eligible

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A January report by a Delaware federal magistrate judge recommending dismissal of patent infringement litigation on grounds of patent ineligibility was adopted in full March 30 by a former federal Delaware judge recently appointed to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • April 01, 2022

    HP Prevails On Summary Judgment In Longstanding Patent Litigation

    CHICAGO — In a decade-old patent dispute, a federal judge in Illinois on March 29 granted HP Inc. summary judgment, agreeing with the information technology company that a patented system and method for archiving documents and files is invalid as indefinite.

  • April 01, 2022

    Panel Undoes Judgment Of Patent Invalidity In Blow To VIZIO

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California federal judge erred in holding that various limitations in three “Eternalism” patents are drafted in means-plus-function format, requiring reversal of a subsequent judgment of patent invalidity, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 25.

  • March 31, 2022

    Becton Dickinson Defends Use Of Expert Testimony In IPR To High Court

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 15 respondent, filed at the behest of the U.S. Supreme Court, Becton Dickinson and Company urges the high court to deny Baxter Corporation Englewood’s petition for certiorari on the propriety of using expert testimony in inter partes review proceedings, arguing that such use is supported by the Patent Act when considering obviousness.

  • March 30, 2022

    Snap Tells Patent Board Media Contextualizing Technology Is Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a March 29 petition for inter partes review (IPR), Snap Inc. seeks cancellation of 22 claims of a patent directed to a system for associating media content with context based upon event-related data.

  • March 29, 2022

    Panel:  Virginia Court Erred In Declaring Patent App Indefinite, Obvious

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 25 said a federal judge in Virginia wrongly resolved factual disputes in assessing a motion for summary judgment by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • March 28, 2022

    Board Rejects Bid For Post-Grant Review Of Philips Blade Set Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a March 24 holding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board said it will not institute post-grant review (PGR) of a patented blade set.

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