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Federal Circuit hears arguments in In re Kubin; what will be obvious in biotechnology?

Thursday, the Federal Circuit held oral arguments in In re Kubin, a biotechnology case involving a patent over a gene sequence in humans, and specifically whether the claims were obvious. This was the first precedential decision by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences on the issue of obviousness in this field after KSR, so […]

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Existence of other licenses under patent does not preclude finding of irreparable harm

In a decision Tuesday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of a permanent injunction. The district had previously granted a permanent injunction after a jury found willful infringement. In a previous appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the finding of willful infringement, but vacated the permanent injunction because the district court did not consider […]

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Grant of stay while preliminary injunction motion pending abuse of discretion

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit found that a district court's grant of a stay pending inter partes reexamination without considering the patentee's pending motion for a preliminary injunction was an abuse of discretion. The Federal Circuit held the grant of the stay effectively denied the preliminary injunction motion, thereby making the stay order […]

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On appeal, BPAI cannot group claims that do not share a common reason for rejection

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a distirct court's vacatur of a decision of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In an appeal of rejections in twelve different applications involving approximately 2,400 claims, the Board only addressed the rejection of 21 "represntative" claims pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.192(c)(7) [now 37 C.F.R. […]

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Use of “mechanism” in claim without more may result in means-plus-function interpretation

In a decision Monday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's claim construction and related judgment of noninfringement. The decision focused on the issue of claim construction in means plus function claims. The critical limitation used the term "mechanism" without any additional structural elements, and as a result the district court construed it to be […]

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Today’s prosecution practice tip: don’t use the phrase “the present invention” in the specification

In a decision last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's claim construction and its related summary judgment of noninfringement. The district court held the applicable claim term was narrower than the "lay understanding" of the term, based on the specification. Because the specification was clear, the district court refused to consider the prosecution […]

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District court’s order dismissing the action with prejudice held to be nonfinal due to counterclaims

In a decision Thursday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's denial of a preliminary injunction, and held it did not have jurisdiction over the remainder of the appeal because there was no final judgment. It was undisputed there was no infringement under the district court's claim construction of the single element at issue. After […]

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Federal Circuit invalidates Patent on Nobel-Prize winning invention after 50 years of prosecution

In an appeal from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board's rejection of the claims based upon obviousness-type double patenting over previously-granted related patents. The technical aspects of the invention are complex, but are overshadowed by the procedural aspects of this reexamination. The majority and dissenting opinions seem to […]

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Substantial question regarding validity insufficient to defeat likelihood of success?

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of a preliminary injunction concerning the manufacture of an extended release formulation of an antibiotic. In a lengthy opinion, the Federal Circuit applied the Supreme Court's obvious-to-try logic from KSR to pharmaceutical patents. Notably, the court used the unpredictability of the pharmaceutical arts […]

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Federal Circuit clarifies burdens of proof when priority to earlier application is contested

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's determination that the asserted claims of a patent were not entitled to the effective filing date of the earliest application in a chain of four applications, and that as a result the claims were anticipated by intervening prior art. The court explained its recent […]

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