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  • April 21, 2021

    In Patent Row, High Court Told To Abandon Assignor Estoppel

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 21, an attorney for a medical device company said assignor estoppel is a “doctrinal dinosaur” often “wielded as a sword to frustrate legitimate competition” that should be abrogated by the court.

  • April 21, 2021

    Petition:  Security System ‘Effectively Identical’ To Canceled Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Trend Micro Inc. on April 20 urged the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to declare obvious various claims of a patented security system for mobile devices traveling outside an enterprise network.

  • April 21, 2021

    Petitioners Tell Board: Single Patent Claim Allowed In Error

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 20 petition for inter partes review, a company specializing in digital polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology took aim at a Harvard College patent directed to the formation of droplets in a microfluidic device.

  • April 21, 2021

    For 2nd Time, Patent Defendant Prevails In Petition For Mandamus

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 20 ordered a federal judge in Texas to transfer patent infringement allegations to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

  • April 20, 2021

    Texas Federal Judge Rejects Cisco Res Judicata Claim In Patent Row

    MARSHALL, Texas — A bid by Cisco Systems Inc. for dismissal of patent infringement allegations leveled against it in Texas failed April 16, when a federal judge said the dispute is not barred by the doctrine of res judicata.

  • April 20, 2021

    Well Services Company Says Halliburton Infringed Fracking Patents

    WACO, Texas — A hydraulic fracturing well services company on April 15 sued Halliburton Co. and an affiliated company in Texas federal court, contending that they infringed several patents related to various pumping devices used on fracking wells.

  • April 19, 2021

    Federal Circuit Reverses Obviousness Findings By Patent Board

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an April 16 ruling said that because a petitioner for inter partes review (IPR) failed to establish that a person of skill in the art could make a turbine engine with the power density recited in a challenged gas turbine engine patent, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in declaring the patent obvious.

  • April 15, 2021

    Philips Urges Board To Deny Review Of Cryptography Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 14 preliminary patent owner response, Koninklijke Philips N.V. tells the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that it should exercise its discretion and deny a petition for inter partes review (IPR) of a cryptography patent pending resolution of a related matter before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

  • April 14, 2021

    Apple, HTC Strike Out In Appeal Of Adverse Inter Partes Review

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 13 turned away an effort by Apple Inc., HTC Corp. and HTC America Inc. (Apple, collectively) to undo a final written decision that confirmed as nonobvious various claims of a patented radio communications system.

  • April 14, 2021

    Divided Federal Circuit Says Arthrex Challenge Forfeited By Appellant

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 13 holding, a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel majority turned away a request for vacatur and remand of two final written decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on grounds that the decisions were rendered by unconstitutional administrative patent judge panels.

  • April 13, 2021

    Panel:  ‘Serious Question’ About Patent Plaintiff’s Standing Requires Remand

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 12 ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that an Illinois federal judge must address, in the first instance, whether a plaintiff possesses standing to assert allegations of infringement against Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • April 13, 2021

    Owner Of Patented Vascular Stent Defends Technology On Appeal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 18 appellant brief, a patent owner tells the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that “determining whether a plural noun phrase in a patent claim refers to a few instances out of many or to an entire class requires an examination of the context in which the phrase is used:  the claim language, specification, and prosecution history.”

  • April 12, 2021

    Petitioner Seeks Review Of Patented Mobile Device Registration System

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an April 9 petition for inter partes review (IPR), the operator of a dating app told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that it should cancel myriad claims of a patent directed to establishing communication between mobile device users.

  • April 12, 2021

    Surgical Supply Firm Asks High Court To Discard Assignor Estoppel In Patent Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — With April 21 oral arguments fast approaching in a dispute over assignor estoppel between two surgical supply firms, the petitioner filed a reply brief April 7 asking the U.S. Supreme Court to deem the “ill-conceived” doctrine abandoned or, at least, “set clear limits” on it.

  • April 12, 2021

    Board Issues Discretionary Denial Of Review In Fracking Patent Row

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a March 24 holding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board exercised its discretion to deny inter partes review (IPR) of a patented method and apparatus for sealing well casings.

  • April 12, 2021

    Patent Owner: Appellee Mischaracterizes Law, Nature Of Invention

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a March 22 reply brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a patent owner maintains that contrary to assertions made by two infringement defendants and appellees, its disputed technology recites a “new and more efficient” way to communicate data.

  • April 09, 2021

    Apple Prevails In Dispute Over Code Division Multiple Access Patent

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 8 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found no error in a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that all six claims of a patent directed to code division multiple access (CDMA) transmission would be obvious in view of a combination of prior art.

  • April 08, 2021

    Microsoft Bid For Intradivision Transfer Of Patent Case Denied

    WACO, Texas — In an April 7 order, a federal judge in Texas disagreed with Microsoft Corp. that allegations that the software giant infringed 12 patents should proceed in a different division of the Western District of Texas.

  • April 08, 2021

    Apple Appeal Of Patent Board Holdings Tossed For Lack Of Standing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Efforts by Apple Inc. to challenge final written decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board confirming the patentability of various claims of two Qualcomm Inc. patents were dismissed April 7 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • April 07, 2021

    Dispute Over Patented DNA, MRNA Technology To Proceed In Delaware

    WILMINGTON, Del. — In a series of orders issued April 6, a federal judge in Delaware ruled against an infringement plaintiff in a dispute over patents covering DNA sequencing and mRNA processing technology, while also refusing to declare the patents invalid.

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