Mealey's Patents

  • May 13, 2021

    Roku Defends Verdict In Patent Appeal Before Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal jury empaneled in Texas correctly declared Roku Inc. a noninfringer of a patent directed to streaming media content, the digital media player manufacturer tells the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a May 5 brief.

  • May 13, 2021

    Appellee: Patentee Takes Inconsistent Positions On Appeal To Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In arguing in a March appellant brief that the preambles of three claims of a wireless network patent are limiting, a patent owner stakes out an opposite position to the one it advanced before the International Trade Commission (ITC), a patent challenger asserts in a May 3 appellee brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • May 12, 2021

    Panel: Request For New Trial In Patent Row Properly Denied

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in Delaware did not abuse his discretion in denying a patent owner’s request for a new trial on grounds that an attorney for an infringement defendant improperly referenced the potential application of its accused products in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 11.

  • May 12, 2021

    Patentee Defends Board’s Rejection Of Adobe’s Obviousness Claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 14 appellee brief, the owner of two patents directed to color imaging and printing says the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) did not abuse its discretion in declaring various challenged claims nonobvious.

  • May 11, 2021

    Microsoft Takes Aim At Virtual Machine Migration Method In New Petition

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A patented method of migrating virtual machines and securing them at a hypervisor layer does not represent an improvement over conventional methods, Microsoft Corp. maintains in a May 7 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • May 11, 2021

    Federal Circuit Affirms: Video Gaming Patent Recites Abstract Idea

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 10 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found no error in a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that 20 challenged claims of a patent directed to video game technology cover ineligible subject matter.

  • May 11, 2021

    Google Petitions For Post-Grant Review Of Info Sharing Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Google LLC on May 10 petitioned the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for post-grant review (PGR) of a patent directed to “networking” and “sharing of information” for detecting an idle transmission control protocol (TCP) connection.

  • May 11, 2021

    Patent Owner Responds To Mercedes’ Petition For Inter Partes Review

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a May 10 filing with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the owner of a patented “strengthening member” for a road vehicle that supports a vehicle and windshield without obstructing a driver’s vision defended the technology as nonobvious.

  • May 10, 2021

    Fees, Sanctions Correctly Denied In Patent Row, Federal Circuit Affirms

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A defendant who prevailed on allegations of patent infringement was nonetheless properly denied an award of attorney fees and sanctions, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 10.

  • May 10, 2021

    Trade Secret Claims Over Unpublished Patent Application Tossed By Panel

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a longstanding dispute over hair treatment products, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 6 ordered a new trial on patent infringement and damages and reversed a denial of judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) that L'Oréal USA Inc. misappropriated trade secrets.

  • May 06, 2021

    Injunction In Patent Row Properly Set Aside, Federal Circuit Rules

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 5 that a federal judge in California did not abuse his discretion in setting aside an injunction after being presented with evidence that a patent owner “misrepresented his knowledge of highly material prior art” in a patent infringement case.

  • May 06, 2021

    Lenovo Petitions Board For Review Of Computer Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A patented computer that permits a user to transition from a laptop mode to easel and frame mode contains features that were “well-known” before a claimed priority date of April 2008, Lenovo United States Inc. asserts in a May 4 petition for inter partes review (IPR).

  • May 06, 2021

    Biden Administration Will Waive Protection For COVID-19 Vax Patents

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a statement issued May 5, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced that President Joseph R. Biden’s administration will work with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive patent protection under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for COVID-19 vaccines “in service of ending” the pandemic.

  • May 05, 2021

    In Memory Chip Patent Row, Federal Circuit Upholds Patent Board

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that declared two patent claims anticipated and two others not anticipated was affirmed May 4 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • May 04, 2021

    Patent Claim Tossed, But Copyright, Trademark Claims Survive In New York

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The owners of two businesses associated with the “Mighty Bliss” massage device won dismissal of direct patent infringement allegations on April 29, but in the same ruling, a New York federal judge found that a related claim that the duo violated copyrights and trademarks will proceed.

  • May 03, 2021

    High Court Calls For Government Views In Patent Eligibility Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its May 3 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on a dispute over whether a judge or jury should decide patent eligibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. § 101.

  • May 03, 2021

    In Summary Disposition, Federal Circuit Upholds Noninfringement Stipulation

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A per curiam panel of the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 30 left intact a stipulation of noninfringement entered into by a patent owner and Apple Inc. in a dispute over an improved method for connecting a computer with peripheral equipment.

  • April 29, 2021

    For A 2nd Time, Patent Dispute Lands At Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 7 stayed briefing in a patent dispute and directed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to weigh in on a constitutional challenge leveled by a patent owner in a recent appellant brief.

  • April 29, 2021

    In Dispute With Apple, Patent Owner Urges Panel To Reject Appeal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 12, an appellee defended findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that its patented activation button is nonobvious.

  • April 29, 2021

    Citing Own Error, New York Federal Judge Orders New Patent Validity Trial

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A federal judge in New York on April 27 said he erred in deciding a motion for summary judgment regarding secondary indicia of nonobviousness and that the error compels a new trial to decide the validity of a patented ground-fault circuit interrupter (GCFI).