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  • March 21, 2022

    Supreme Court Turns Away Cert Bid By Owner Of Fracking Patent

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its March 21 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court said it will not review a fracking technology firm’s claim that a federal judge in North Dakota erroneously awarded a declaratory judgment patent plaintiff its attorney fees and costs.

  • March 21, 2022

    In Loss For Boston Scientific, Panel Upholds Obviousness Findings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that all claims of a patented Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. patent are invalid as obvious was not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 18.

  • March 18, 2022

    California Federal Judge Denies Google Fee Request In Patent Case

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A bid by Google LLC to recoup more than $400,000 in attorney fees incurred in defending itself from allegations of patent infringement was rejected March 16 by a federal judge in California.

  • March 18, 2022

    No Fees, No New Trial In Texas Patent Dispute Over Sony PlayStation

    MARSHALL, Texas — In a pair of rulings issued March 17, a federal judge in Texas denied a patent owner’s request for a new trial on eligibility, while also denying Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC’s (SIE) request for attorney fees.

  • March 17, 2022

    Divided Panel Won’t Rehear Dispute Over Patented MS Treatment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 16 order, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said it will not revisit a November holding that declared a patented method for treating multiple sclerosis (MS) invalid for inadequate written description.

  • March 17, 2022

    Drug Companies Argue Patent Enablement Standard In High Court Briefs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that two genus cholesterol drug patents of Amgen Inc. were invalid for lack of enablement comports with statutory law and case law, Sanofi argues in a March 14 brief opposing Amgen’s petition for certiorari, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that, despite the arguments of the petitioner and its amici, the ruling did not create a new standard for determining enablement.

  • March 16, 2022

    Money Transferring System, Method Not Patentable, Petitioner Tells Board

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A patented system and method for electronically transferring money into and out of an account in a casino gaming environment without exchanging cash should be canceled as obvious, a petitioner for inter partes review (IPR) told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on March 14.

  • March 16, 2022

    Visitor Access Management Patent Is Ineligible, Federal Circuit Confirms

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 15 holding the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a Texas federal judge that a patented method of managing visitor access recites the abstract idea of credentialing visitors and checking them in and out of an access-controlled environment.

  • March 15, 2022

    Panel Upholds Patent Board Finding That Acne Treatment Is Obvious

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that eight claims of a patented treatment for acne or rosacea would be obvious in view of prior art was supported by substantial evidence, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 14.

  • March 15, 2022

    Petitioner To Board: Patented Glaucoma Treatment Is Invalid

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a March 14 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a medical technology company says a single prior art reference “discloses everything claimed” in a patented device and technique for treating glaucoma.

  • March 15, 2022

    In Brief Filed With Federal Circuit, Apple Defends Laches Findings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in Texas correctly declared patented encryption technology unenforceable on grounds of prosecution laches, Apple Inc. maintains in a March 10 corrected response brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • March 14, 2022

    Patent Owner Says Appellee Makes ‘Meritless’ Arguments In Brief

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its recent defense of findings of obviousness by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, an appellee “confirms the board erred” when it concluded that a prior art reference relating to a vehicle recorder disclosed a disputed “compliance signal,” a patent owner maintains in a Feb. 3 reply brief.

  • March 10, 2022

    Panel Says Virtual Crowd Control Technology Is Ineligible For Patenting

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 10 summarily upheld findings by a Massachusetts federal judge that a method of maintaining “crowd control” in a virtual network recited in the claims was correctly deemed ineligible for patenting under Section 101 of the Patent Act.

  • March 09, 2022

    Citing ‘Clear Abuse Of Discretion,’ Panel Grants Mandamus In Patent Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in Texas’ decision denying dismissal or transfer of patent allegations against Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and Hyundai Motor America based upon the existence of independent Volkswagen and Hyundai car dealerships in the Western District of Texas was a clear abuse of discretion, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 9.

  • March 09, 2022

    While Data-Storage Tech Is Reexamined, Patent Infringement Case Stayed

    CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois on March 8 agreed with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) that allegations that two Amazon products infringed three patents relating to distributed-data storage used in large-scale cloud storage should be stayed while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) reexamines the technology.

  • March 09, 2022

    Georgia Federal Judge Says Court Is Wrong Venue For Patent Case

    ATLANTA — A dispute over two patented hair accessories does not belong in Georgia despite a defendant’s affiliation with several entities that maintain warehouses there, a federal judge in Georgia ruled March 4.

  • March 08, 2022

    Nokia Tells Board Impulse Noise Management Patent Is Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a March 7 petition for inter partes review (IPR), Nokia of America Corp. urges the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to cancel three claims of a patent relating to the online reconfiguration of Forward Error Correction (FEC) and interleaver parameters using known techniques to avoid the need for digital subscriber line (DSL) transceivers to re-initialize to reconfigure their level of impulse noise protection (INP).

  • March 07, 2022

    Claim Construction By Ohio Federal Judge Was Erroneous, Panel Says

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A summary judgment of noninfringement entered in a dispute over patented floor tape was premised on an erroneous construction of three disputed claim terms, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 4.

  • March 07, 2022

    Cross-Appeals In Dispute Over Fracturing Patent Resolved By Panel

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board confirming as patentable some claims of a hydraulic fracturing patent while declaring other claims anticipated or obvious will stand, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 4.

  • March 04, 2022

    Federal Circuit Rules Against MasterCard In Judicial Estoppel Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 3 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a federal judge in New York abused his discretion in determining that a patent owner took an inconsistent position before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board with regard to a covenant not to sue and standing.

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