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Infringement of two claims and $74 million in damages affirmed, injunction reinstated

In a decision last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part a jury verdict of infringement of a patent owned by Tivo relating to its DVR technology. The ruling was based on claim construction, with the court finding that, based on the correct construction of claims directed to the DVR hardware, there was no infringement […]

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Federal Circuit reiterates that full scope of claim must be enabled to meet enablement requirement

In a decision last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's decision holding several claims of two patents invalid for lack of enablement. The district court held that while a portion of the scope of the claims was enabled, the full breadth of the claims were not, and as a result, the claims did […]

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Mandamus inappropriate unless no other way to get relief, even if result is unnecessary trial

In a precedential order last week, the Federal Circuit denied a petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to direct a district court to vacate its summary judgment order in favor of a patent infringement plaintiff and to enter judgment in favor of the alleged infringer. The district court's order did not completely resolve the […]

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Claim construction excluding disclosed embodiment improper absent disclaimer of some kind

In a decision today, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court's claim construction and the associated summary judgment of noninfringement. The district court's construction of one of the claim limitations resulted in certain embodiments of the invention disclosed in the figures to be excluded from the scope of the claims. Based on this construction, the […]

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Sufficient structure recited in claim limitation using “means” to prevent application of – 112 – 6

In a decision yesterday, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court's claim construction and the associated summary judgment of noninfringement. The district court held the relevant claim term was a means-plus-function limitation, as it used the word "means," as well as because in an interview summary in the prosecution history, it appeared the USPTO interpreted […]

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No damages for convoyed sales when no functional relationship between patented and unpatented goods

In a decision today, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's decision setting aside the portion of a jury verdict awarding convoyed sales to a patentee, and sustaining the portion of the verdict finding the alleged infringer had not shown invalidity via public use. There was no evidence of a functional relationship between the patented […]

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Claims to “fragile gel” indefinite even though term defined in specification

In a second decision Friday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's finding of 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph indefiniteness. The term was defined in the specification, however the district court held that definition was too subjective and unclear, largely because it relied on relative terms. The proper scope was also not discernable from […]

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Disclosure of prior art abstract only when more relevant detail known results in inequitable conduct

In a decision Friday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's finding of inequitable conduct based on nondisclosure of details of a poster presentation presented at a scientific conference. While the patentee disclosed the abstract during prosecution of the patents-in-suit, notes taken by one of the patentee's employees with much more detail of what was […]

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When market entry fee part of damages for patent infringement, permanent injunction inappropriate

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of infringement of a patent relating to the detection and classification of Hepatitis C Virus, but remanded the case for a determination of anticipation. In arguably the most interesting aspect of the decision, the court vacated the permanent injunction entered against the defendant. The plaintiff […]

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Federal Circuit again tackles the meaning of “a”

In a decision this week, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part a district court's grant of summary judgment of non-infringement with respect to two patents relating to cleaning printing press cylinders. Both findings were based on issues of claim construction, with one centering around an issue that has reached the Federal Circuit multiple times: the […]

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