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Federal Circuit Will Rehear Patent Dispute Between Wi-Fi One, Broadcom
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The continued viability of Achates Reference Publishing Inc. v. Apple Inc. (803 F.3d 652 [Fed. Cir. 2015]) will soon be debated in light of a Jan. 4 decision by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rehear, en banc, a dispute involving a data transmission patent (Wi-Fi One LLC v. Broadcom Corp., Nos. 15-1944, -1945, -1946, Fed. Cir.).



Chief Justice Issues Post-Argument Recusal In Patent Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter sent to counsel on Jan. 4, Chief Justice G. John Roberts Jr. revealed that despite his December participation in oral arguments, he will take no part in the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the patent dispute between Life Technologies Corp. and Promega Corp. (Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, U.S. Sup.).



Federal Circuit: Board Erred In Rejecting Credit Card Security Patents
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that rendered two patents relating to credit card transaction security invalid under 35 U.S. Code Sections 102 and 103 was vacated and remanded Dec. 22 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (John D'Agostino v. Mastercard International Inc., Nos. 2016-1592, -1593, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 23025).



Federal Circuit Upholds Rejection, Says Stent Patent Is Obvious
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding no error in a ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated, on obviousness grounds, 22 claims of a patented method of maintaining drugs delivered via a drug-eluting stent, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 3 affirmed (In re: Ethicon Inc., No. 15-1696, Fed. Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 4).



Federal Circuit: Inherent Anticipation Ruling In Patent Case Was Erroneous
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Wisconsin federal judge's finding that two patents were inherently anticipated by prior art was vacated Dec. 15 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on the basis that genuine disputes of material fact should have precluded summary judgment (U.S. Water Services Inc., et al. v. Novozymes A/S, et al., Nos. 15-1950, -1967, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22244).



Federal Circuit Reverses Indefiniteness Holding, Judgment In Patent Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Illinois federal judge erroneously granted a defendant summary judgment that myriad claims of a patented method for using a graphical indicator to encode information are invalid as indefinite, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 5 (Sonix Technology Co. Ltd. v. Publications International Ltd., et al., No. 16-1449, Fed. Cir.).



Delaware Federal Judge: Harm Not Irreparable In Pharmaceutical Patent Case
WILMINGTON, Del. - A request by Bayer Pharma AG, Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Bayer, collectively) for a preliminary injunction barring a competitor from selling a generic oral contraceptive was denied Dec. 28 by a Delaware federal judge, despite a July final judgment that the generic drug would infringe (Bayer Pharma AG, et al. v. Watson Laboratories Inc., No. 12-1726, D. Del.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179103).



Patent Injunction, Default Judgment Upheld By Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A permanent injunction barring an infringement and unfair competition defendant from using a washer mold as well as various images of a plaintiff's patented products was not overly broad, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Dec. 15 (United Construction Products Inc. v. Tile Tech Inc., No. 16-1392, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22248).



California Federal Judge Denies Dismissal Of Willful Patent Infringement Claims
SAN FRANCISCO - Allegations that a defendant willfully infringed five patents will proceed in light of a Jan. 5 ruling by a California federal judge, in a dispute over quantum dot technology (Nanosys Inc. v. QD Vision Inc., No. 16-1957, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1085).



Nokia, Apple To Square Off In New Texas Federal Patent Litigation
MARSHALL, Texas - In a Dec. 21 complaint, Nokia Technologies Oy and Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. (Nokia, collectively) accuse Apple Inc. of infringing eight patents relating to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) H.264 Advanced Video Coding standard, following two years of failed negotiations between the parties (Nokia Technologies Oy and Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 16-1440, E.D. Texas).



Patent Board Grants Review In New Limelight, Akamai Dispute
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a ruling issued Dec. 30, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board announced it will review the patentability of nine claims of a patented method for delivering digital content (Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc., No. IPR2016-01631, PTAB).



Patent Board Reverses Rejection, Prior Art Relied On By Examiner
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Findings by a patent examiner that a claimed method of operating a steam generator would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art were reversed Dec. 21 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Ex parte John H. Chiu and George D. Mylchreest, No. 2015-002233, PTAB).



Patent Board Affirms Examiner: Nokia Patent Would Have Been Obvious
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patented invention covering a signal-generating device would have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 27 (Ex parte Niels Nymark and Thomas Bove, No. 2016-001564, PTAB).



Microsoft Petition For Inter Partes Review Of Coding Patent Granted
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patented method and apparatus for entropy coding and the application of error-resilient coding to image compression likely contain claims that do not pass muster under 35 U.S. Code Section 103, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 16 (Microsoft Corp. v. FastVDO LLC, No. IPR2016-01179, PTAB).



Patent Board Consolidates Apple, Samsung Petitions For Inter Partes Review
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Efforts by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to invalidate a wireless communications patent raise identical issues to those raised by Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in a joint June 2016 petition for inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 21 (Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Evolved Wireless LLC, No. IPR2016-01310, PTAB).



Nonprofit Asks High Court To Review Restriction Of 'Common Sense' Presumption
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A nonprofit association for generic drug product manufacturers and distributors argues in a Dec. 9 brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should review whether the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in light of KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. (550 U.S. 398, 415 [2007]) in restricting the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's ability to rely on the common sense and common knowledge of skilled artisans to establish the obviousness of patent claims (Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC v. Arendi S.A.R.L., et al., No. 16-626, U.S. Sup.).



Tech Company Tells High Court To Review ITunes Patent Challenge Under Cuozzo
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tech company argues in a Dec. 28 reply brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should decide when a petition fails to give "sufficient notice" and what constitutes the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) acting outside its limits to permit judicial review because there are questions left unanswered by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee (136 S. Ct. 2131 [2016]) (SightSound Technologies LLC v. Apple Inc., No. 16-483, U.S. Sup.).



Johnson & Johnson Unit Says High Court Should Review Expert Misconduct In Patent Dispute
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. (JJVC) argues in a Dec. 27 reply brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should consider whether the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in granting Rembrandt Vision Technologies LP a new trial based on an expert's false testimony over alleged infringement of its contact lens patent (Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. v. Rembrandt Vision Technologies LP, No. 16-489, U.S. Sup.).



Patent Owner Says Supreme Court Must Review Institution Of IPR In Patent Suit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent owner argues in a Dec. 21 reply brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should review whether the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) permits the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instead of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) director to make inter partes review (IPR) institution decisions (Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. v. Covidien LP and Michelle K. Lee, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 16-366, U.S. Sup.).



U.S. Supreme Court: Article Of Manufacture May Be Single Component Of Product
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A May 2015 ruling by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that jurors deciding damages in design patent infringement cases need not disregard unprotected elements when arriving at a total damage award was reversed and remanded Dec. 6 by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a win for Samsung Electronics Co. (Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-777, U.S. Sup.).



U.S. Supreme Court Hears Patent Dispute Over Multicomponent Inventions
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A jury award of $52 million in lost profits was premised on an erroneous instruction that worldwide sales can be considered even when the product in question only contains a single "staple article" manufactured domestically, an attorney for patent infringement defendant Life Technologies Corp. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 6 (Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, U.S. Sup.).



Supreme Court To Hear Case On Patent Infringement Action Venue Statutes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Dec. 14 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to a patent infringement defendant to decide the standard for determining the proper venue for such infringement suits to be brought against a corporate entity (TC Heartland LLC d/b/a Heartland Food Products Group v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, U.S. Sup.).



Supreme Court Vacates Patent Judgment, Cites Samsung Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 12 remanded a dispute over the patented ornamental design of a lip and hinge plate for a dock leveler to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, in light of the Supreme Court's Dec. 6 ruling in Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc. (No. 15-777, U.S. Sup.) (Systems, Inc. v. Nordock, Inc., No. 15-978, U.S. Sup.).



California Federal Jury: Apple Infringed Valid Patents, Owes $7.3 Million
SAN FRANCISCO - A jury empaneled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathaniel M. Cousins of the Northern District of California sided squarely against Apple Inc. on Dec. 15, deeming the tech giant an infringer of two valid patents and awarding Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.L. $7.3 million in reasonable royalty damages following a six-day trial (Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.L. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-5008, N.D. Calif.).



Cisco's Ethernet Copyright, Patent Claims Defeated In California Federal Verdict
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Claims of copyright and patent infringement brought by Cisco Systems Inc. against a competitor in the Ethernet switch market were rejected in a California federal jury's verdict Dec. 14, with the jury deeming the material not copyright protectable as scenes a faire and finding that Cisco failed to establish any infringement of its asserted command interface patent (Cisco Systems Inc. v. Arista Networks Inc., No. 14-5344, N.D. Calif.).



Federal Circuit Partly Affirms, Vacates In Dispute Over Patented Power Chips
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing a Delaware federal judge's incorrect instruction to jurors regarding the law on inducement, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 12 vacated a verdict of infringement of two patents (Power Integrations Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc., et al., Nos. 15-1329, -1388, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21975).



Florida Federal Judge Stands By Ruling: Damages Not Justified On Patent Claim
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A motion under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 52(b) and 59 to alter a March 2016 ruling that awarded a breach of contract plaintiff zero damages was denied Dec. 8 by a Florida federal judge (Hollister Inc. v. Zassi Holdings Inc., No. 13-132, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169548).



Federal Circuit Affirms: Patent Case Barred By Sovereign Immunity
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An inventor's efforts to sue the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and several FTB employees for patent infringement was properly rejected by a California federal judge pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Dec. 9 (Leslie Ann Peralta v. California Franchise Tax Board, et al., No. 16-1820, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21897).



Federal Circuit Upholds Rulings By Patent Board In Favor Of Apple
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a trio of decisions released Dec. 9, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that various claims of four patents directed to establishing secure communications between multiple network devices for video and audio data transmission are unpatentable (VirnetX Inc. v. Apple Inc., Nos. 15-1934, -1935, Fed. Cir.).



Federal Circuit Vacates, Remands Invalidation Of Spinal Fusion Patent
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) erred in deeming various claims of a spinal infusion patent invalid because it "failed to articulate a reason why" a person having ordinary skill in the art (PHOSITA) would have been motivated to modify and combine various prior art references to obtain the invention taught by NuVasive Inc.'s patented system and method, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 7 (In re: NuVasive Inc., No. 15-1670, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21748).



Sprint Loses Motions To Bar Damages Experts In Patent Suits Against Comcast, Time Warner
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas federal judge on Dec. 5 denied Sprint Communications Co. L.P. its attempts to exclude damages and patent experts in two consolidated patent infringement lawsuits filed against Comcast Cable Communications LLC and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) (Sprint Communications Company LP v. Comcast Cable Communications LLC, et al., No. 11-2684 and Sprint Communications Company LP v. Time Warner Cable Inc., et al., No. 11-2686, D. Kan.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167849).



Michigan Federal Judge Finds Jurisdiction Lacking In Lanham Act, Patent Case
DETROIT - A declaratory judgment patent action, later amended to include a claim of false advertising under the Lanham Act, was dismissed Dec. 8 by a Michigan federal judge on grounds of lacking personal jurisdiction (Precision Extraction Corp. v. Udoxi Scientific LLC, No. 16-11972, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169981).



Biomedical Company Adds Federal Trade Secrets Claim To Novus Action
ANDERSON, S.C. - A South Carolina biomedical company on Nov. 29 added a Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) violation claim against Novus Scientific companies to a federal court complaint alleging that Novus breached an agreement by making surgical mesh for purposes other than hernia repair and by not filing patent applications under the biomedical company's name (Poly-Med Inc. v. Novus Scientific Pte. Ltd., et al., No. 8:15-cv-01964-JMC, D. S.C.).



Patent Board: Apple Entitled To Review Of Compression Patent
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Assertions by Apple Inc. that a device compression patent that has been frequently asserted in various federal lawsuits is invalid pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Section 103(a) were well received by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which instituted inter partes review (IPR) on Dec. 6 (Apple Inc. v. Parthenon United Memory Architecture LLC, No. IPR2016-01135, PTAB).



Patent Covering Rapid- Dissolve Films Won't Be Reviewed By Patent Board
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Finding no likelihood that Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc. will prevail in showing that at least one claim of a patented rapid-dissolve film for orally administered active ingredients is invalid, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Dec. 5 denied inter partes review (IPR) (Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc. v. Monosol RX LLC, No. IPR2016-0111, PTAB).



Patent Board: Section 102(d) No Grounds For Instituting Inter Partes Review
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent covering an apparatus for packing disposable objects, such as diapers, into a flexible tube will not be the subject of an upcoming inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board revealed Dec. 12 (Munchkin Inc. v. International Refills Company Ltd., No. IPR2016-01154, PTAB).



Patent Board Grants Inter Partes Review Of LEGO Patent
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Citing three pieces of prior art, Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Dec. 16 agreed to review the patentability of a manual controller for manipulating images or symbols on a visual display (Rubicon Communications LP v. LEGO A/S, No. IPR2016-01187, PTAB).



Patent Board Confirms Rejection Of Computer Method Patent Claims
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent examiner did not err in deeming various claims of a patented method of generating a document guidance file unpatentable under 35 U.S. Code Section 103(a), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 15 (Ex parte Anil Kumar Padala, et al., No. 2016-000911, PTAB).



Health Care Company Opposes High Court Decision On Institution Of IPR In Patent Suit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A global health care products company and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) director filed opposition briefs on Dec. 7 arguing against the U.S. Supreme Court granting review on whether the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) permits the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instead of the PTO director to make inter partes review (IPR) institution decisions (Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. v. Covidien LP and Michelle K. Lee, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 16-366, U.S. Sup.).



Engineering Company Asks High Court To Decide Claim Construction Role In Patent Suit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An engineering company in a Nov. 23 petition asks the U.S. Supreme Court if an appellate court and district court erred in arbitrarily defining a factually disputed technical term of art without performing claim construction to find noninfringement of a patent (David Netzer Consulting Engineer LLC v. Shell Oil Co., et al., No. 16-713, U.S. Sup.).



Mylan Argues For High Court Review On If ANDA Subjects Filers To Personal Jurisdiction
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Mylan Inc. (collectively, Mylan) argue in a Dec. 7 reply brief that drug companies failed to show why the U.S. Supreme Court should not answer whether the filing of an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) is sufficient to subject Mylan to specific personal jurisdiction in any state where they might market the drug (Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al. v. Acorda Therapeutics Inc., et al. & Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. AstraZeneca AB, No. 16-360, U.S. Sup.).



PTO: High Court Should Stay Petition On Institution Of Inter Partes Review
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) argues in a Dec. 7 opposition brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should stay a petition in favor of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP (No. 16-366, U.S. Sup.) on issues concerning whether the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) permits the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instead of the PTO's director to make inter partes review (IPR) institution decisions (LifeScan Scotland Ltd. v. Pharmatech Solutions Inc. and Michelle K. Lee, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 16-377, U.S. Sup.).



Google: Patent Community Is Waiting On Ruling Over Use Of Prosecution History
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an infringement lawsuit over patents for computer malware protection software, Google Inc. says in a Nov. 30 reply brief that "the patent community is watching this one" with regard to whether the U.S. Supreme Court will consider how the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should use prosecution history to settle claim construction disputes (Google Inc. v. Alfonso Cioffi and The Estate of Allen Frank Rozman, No. 16-200, U.S. Sup.).



Patent Owner Argues For Supreme Court Review On Grounds Of JMOL Entry
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An owner of patents relating to two-way communications argues in a Dec. 6 reply brief in further support of its petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to answer whether the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in ordering entry of judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) on a ground not presented in a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 50(b) motion (Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. Silver Spring Networks Inc., No. 16-551, U.S. Sup.).



Supreme Court Grants Certiorari, Will Review Patent Exhaustion Doctrine
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting on the recommendation of the U.S. solicitor general, the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 2 granted certiorari in a case that poses the question of whether foreign sales exhaust a patent owner's right to sue, as well as whether patent owners can impose restrictions on the use of patented items to prevent an exhaustion of their rights (Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc., No. 15-1189, U.S. Sup.).



Illinois Federal Judge Partially Bars Expert's Opinions In Patent Infringement Lawsuit
CHICAGO - In a patent infringement lawsuit, an Illinois federal judge on Nov. 28 partially granted in part and denied in part a patent owner's motion to exclude an expert's opinions on whether accused products infringed its patents related to agricultural equipment (Not Dead Yet Manufacturing Inc. d/b/a NDY MFG Inc. v. Pride Solutions LLC and May Wes Manufacturing, No. 13-3418, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163756).



Federal Circuit Denies Mandamus In Discovery Dispute Over Movie Technology Patents
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding that the counterclaimant in a dispute over the ownership of certain motion picture technology "fail[ed] to carry the high burden . . . to overturn [a] district court's discovery determination," a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Nov. 17 denied the firm's motion for a writ of mandamus for relief from an order compelling production of purportedly privileged documents (In re: Rearden LLC, et al., No. 16-125, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20637).



Federal Circuit Says Board Properly Deemed Patent Obvious, Anticipated
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three final decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated a patented software application as obvious and anticipated were not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 17 (B.E. Technology LLC v. Microsoft Corp., No. 15-1828; B.E. Technology LLC v. Google Inc., No. 15-1827; B.E. Technology v. Facebook Inc., Nos. 15-1829, -1879, Fed. Cir.).



Federal Circuit: Board Used Wrong Definition Of Covered Business Method
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent owner whose invention was invalidated under 35 U.S. Code Section 101 prevailed Nov. 21 before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board "relied on an incorrect definition of covered business method ('CBM') patent" while evaluating a petition for CBM review by Google Inc. (Unwired Planet LLC v. Google Inc., No. 15-1812, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20764).



Federal Circuit Upholds Patent Board, Says Patents Are Obvious, Anticipated
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two inter partes re-examinations by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board that led to findings of patent invalidity were proper, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 2 (Dako Denmark A/S v. Leica Biosystems Melbourne Party Ltd., No. 16-1000, Fed. Cir.).



Massachusetts Federal Judge Dismisses Contributory Patent Infringement Claims
BOSTON - Allegations of direct, induced and willful patent infringement will proceed in Massachusetts federal court, but a claim for contributory patent infringement was dismissed Nov. 23 (Sunrise Technologies Inc. v. Cimcon Lighting Inc., No. 15-11545, D. Mass.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162557).



Federal Circuit Rules In Favor Of Apple, Others In Computer Menu Patents Dispute
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Affirming in part and reversing in part a ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on three patents directed toward menu-generating software, a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Nov. 29 found that the disputed patents' claims pertained to unpatentable abstract ideas and the computerization of manual tasks (Apple Inc., et al. v. Ameranth Inc., Nos. 2015-1703 and 2015-1704; and Ameranth Inc. v. Agilysys Inc., et al., No. 2015-1792 and 2015-1793, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21277).



New York Federal Judge Vacates Dismissal, Reinstates Patent Claims
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Nov. 29 vacated - pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) - a retired New York federal judge's decision dismissing allegations of patent infringement pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Section 101 (TNS Media Research LLC, et al. v. TiVo Research and Analytics Inc., d/b/a TRA Inc., No. 11-4039, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164447).



California Federal Judge Allows Amended Complaint, Adding Patent To Litigation
SAN FRANCISCO - An infringement defendant's effort to block a plaintiff from adding a newly acquired patent to pre-existing patent litigation was denied Nov. 29 by a California federal judge, who found that the defendant failed to explain why the addition would be "so burdensome as to compel" the delay of a planned November 2017 trial (Illumina Inc. and Illumina Cambridge Ltd. v. Qiagen N.V., et al., No. 16-2788, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164560).



5th Circuit Vacates Injunction, Overturns $340 Million Antitrust Award
NEW ORLEANS - A Texas federal judge erroneously denied Becton Dickinson & Co. (BD) judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) on allegations by a plaintiff that BD attempted to monopolize the market for safety syringes through various deceptive practices, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Dec. 2 (Retractable Technologies Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Company, No. 14-41384, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21556).



Patent Board Denies Microsoft Effort To Review Chat Room Patent
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Allegations by Microsoft Corp. that a patent claiming a complex chat room communications system would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art were rejected Nov. 29 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Microsoft Corp. v. Windy City Innovations LLC, No. IPR2016-01146, PTAB).



Facebook Request For Covered Business Method Review Denied By Board
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Assertions by Facebook Inc. that a patented method of wirelessly delivering digital audio and visual files claims ineligible subject matter pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Section 101 will not be reached in light of a Nov. 23 ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Facebook Inc. v. Skyy LLC, No. CBM2016-00091, PTAB).



Patent Board Grants Los Angeles Transportation Authority Petition
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent covering a system that discloses the number of occupants in a vehicle traveling in a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane will face inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board announced Nov. 22 (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority v. Transport Technologies LLC, No. IPR2016-01077, PTAB).



Patent Board Grants Review Of Oral Pulsed Dosed Drug Delivery System Patent
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Arguments by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. that a patented drug delivery system associated with the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Adderall XR is invalid were well received Nov. 17 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which agreed to institute inter partes review (Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Shire Laboratories Inc., No. IPR2016-01033, PTAB).



Patent Board Grants Rehearing, Partly Reverses Examiner's Rejection
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A rejection under 35 U.S. Code Section 103(a) of two claims of a thermal chemical reaction patent was reversed Dec. 2 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Ex parte Battelle Memorial Institute, No. 2015-005944, PTAB).



Inventors Oppose High Court's Review Over Use Of Prosecution History In Patent Claim Dispute
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Inventors accusing Google Inc. of infringing their patents for computer malware protection software argue in a Nov. 14 brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should not decide how the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should use prosecution history to settle claim construction disputes because Google objects to fact-bound and case-specific conclusions (Google Inc. v. Alfonso Cioffi and The Estate of Allen Frank Rozman, No. 16-200, U.S. Sup.).



AstraZeneca Opposes High Court Answering If ANDA Subjects Filers To Personal Jurisdiction
WASHINGTON, D.C. - AstraZeneca AB argues in a Nov. 21 opposition brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should decline to answer whether the filing of an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) is sufficient to subject Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Mylan Inc. (collectively, Mylan) to specific personal jurisdiction in any state where they might market the drug (Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al. v. Acorda Therapeutics Inc., et al. & Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. AstraZeneca AB, No. 16-360, U.S. Sup.).



Medical Device Company Opposes U.S. High Court Review Of Defense Of Laches In SCA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A medical device company argues in a Nov. 14 opposition brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should not consider the extent to which the defense of laches may bar a claim for patent infringement nor should it stay a patent owner's petition pending resolution of SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC (136 S. Ct. 1824 [2016]) (Endotach LLC v. Cook Medical LLC, No. 16-127, U.S. Sup.).



Apotex Says To High Court: Amgen Gets To Reap Profits From Unfair Statutory Period
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Apotex Inc. and Apotex Corp. (collectively, Apotex) argue in a Nov. 21 reply brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that biotechnology companies that lost an underlying patent case unfairly get "to reap another six months of monopoly profits beyond the statutory 12-year period on a product that could help more people while saving the healthcare system billions of dollars in unnecessary expenditures" (Apotex Inc. and Apotex Corp. v. Amgen Inc. and Amgen Manufacturing Ltd., No. 16-332, U.S. Sup.).



Accused Patent Infringer Seeks High Court Review Of Statute Governing Venue In Patent Suit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a patent infringement case filed by Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the accused patent infringer argues in a Nov. 21 reply brief that the U.S. Supreme Court should consider whether 28 U.S. Code Section 1400(b) is the sole and exclusive provision governing venue and is not to be supplemented by 28 U.S. Code Section 1391(c) (TC Heartland LLC d/b/a Heartland Food Products Group v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, U.S. Sup.).