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Common sense held sufficient to invalidate claims as obvious on summary judgment

If anyone needed further proof that patents are more easily held obvious after KSR, look no further. The Federal Circuit held that a patent directed to a method of email marketing with improved efficiency was obvious based on the "common sense" of one in the art. The claimed method had four steps, the fourth of […]

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Dependent claim can’t be obvious when indepdendent claim is not; verdict vacated as inconsistent

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part a district court's decision regarding obviousness, holding the defendant was not entitled to summary judgment that the asserted claims were invalid for obviousness. The court vacated the district court's entry of judgment of an inconsistent jury verdict of obviousness: the jury held a dependent claim obvious but […]

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When compounds in a class have divergent properties, positional isomer not obvious

In a decision Wednesday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's determination that the asserted claims in a pharmaceutical patent were not proven obvious. As is common in pharmaceutical cases, the defendant filed an ANDA asserting the patent covering the compound and its use was invalid, and in the ensuing infringement suit admitted its proposed […]

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Use of court-appointed expert not abuse of discretion, even when jury told of neutrality

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit held it was not an abuse of discretion for a district court to retain an independent expert pursuant to Rule 706 to assist the jury in understanding the technology relating to a complicated electrical patent. The district court was frustrated with the technology, and observed "the notion that […]

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Kubin decided: Federal Circuit provides guidance for application of KSR in biotechnology

Today the Federal Circuit decided the appeal in In re Kubin, a case dealing with how the Supreme Court's KSR decision will apply in the field of biotechnology. The decision is available here. We previously blogged about the BPAI decision here and the Federal Circuit's oral arguments here. Those posts have detailed descriptions of the […]

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Combining two embodiments in same prior art patent “does not require a leap of inventiveness”

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court's denial of judgment as a matter of law of obviousness. A jury held the claim at issue was not obvious, and the district court denied the defendant's post-verdict motion for judgment as a matter of law on the issue.While the Federal Circuit affirmed the […]

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Summary judgment of validity reversed; predictable variation of prior art obvious as a matter of law

In a decision last month, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court's summary judgment to the plaintiff. The district court had awarded damages after granting summary judgment of "validity" and infringement. While the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court's construction of a disputed claim term, the court held the asserted claims were obvious as […]

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Integrating infringing component into larger product does not escape contributory infringement

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of summary judgment of obviousness, but vacated and remanded the summary judgment of no contributory or inducing infringement of two other patents in suit related to recordable optical disk drive technology. The court relied on copyright cases applying the concept of secondary liability […]

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Patent lawyer without expertise in relevant field cannot testify on infringement, invalidity

The Federal Circuit recently reversed a district court's post-verdict grant of judgment as a matter of law of nonobviousness, applying the KSR obviousness standard and addressing the requirements for expert testimony for legal conclusions of obviousness. The Federal Circuit clearly set forth that patent attorneys without specific skill and training in the area of the […]

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Prior art disclosure of compound does not anticipate substantially separated enantiomer

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's determination, after a bench trial, that the asserted claim of a patent had not been proven anticipated or obvious. The district court held that while the prior art showed the chemical structure of the claimed compound, it did not describe the separation of the […]

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