Posts Tagged: Federal Circuit


Minerva v. Hologic: SCOTUS Retains but Limits Assignor Estoppel Doctrine, Criticizing CAFC Approach

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this morning in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., Cytyc Surgical Products, LLC that the doctrine of assignor estoppel”—which …
By Eileen McDermott
5 months ago 1

Mega Awards Likely to Highlight Unpredictability of U.S. Patent Damages Law

Calculating damages in patent infringement suits is a high-stakes, complex matter of law and economics that often starts with the Georgia Pacific factors at the district court …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 3

CAFC Denies Amgen Petition to Reconsider Enablement Test for Biotech Patents

On June 21, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) denied a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc filed by Amgen Inc., Amgen …
By Logan Murr
5 months ago 6

La Cour d’Appel de l’Absurde (The Court of Appeals of the Absurd)

Reading the recent opinion of Judges Prost and Taranto in Yu and Zhang v. Apple and Samsung, Appeal Nos. 2020-1760, 1803 (Fed.Cir. June 11, 2021), I’m reminded of …

Industry Reacts to the Supreme Court’s Arthrex Ruling: Chaos Averted – or Just Delayed?

The Supreme Court issued a split 5-4 decision earlier today, in which a plurality of the Court agreed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the …
By IPWatchdog
5 months ago 20

In Arthrex Ruling, SCOTUS Says Director Review of Decisions, Not Power to Remove APJs, is What Matters

The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, taking a different approach to curing the statute than did the U.S. Court of …
By Eileen McDermott
5 months ago 4

Yu v. Apple Settles It: The CAFC is Suffering from a Prolonged Version of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Alice in Wonderland syndrome is a medical condition for which there is no known treatment. It causes a disturbance of perception and has a serious impact on …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 19

Judge Albright Enters New Standing Orders on Motions to Transfer for Conformity with CAFC Mandates

On June 8, U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright of the Western District of Texas signed an amended pair of standing orders regarding motions to transfer filed …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

CAFC Affirms District Court Section 101 Dismissal in Patent Infringement Suit Brought Against Samsung/Apple; Newman Dissents

On June 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s grant …
By Nancy Braman
6 months ago 59

CAFC Remands Walker Process Antitrust Issue to Fifth Circuit under Xitronex I Precedent

On June 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) transferred Ronald Chandler et. al. v. Phoenix Services, LLC to the United States Court …
By Matthew Schutte
6 months ago 0

Biden Nominee Tiffany Cunningham Tackles Tillis’ Questions on IP Issues at the CAFC

President Joe Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), Tiffany Cunningham, yesterday submitted written responses to a series of …
By Eileen McDermott
6 months ago 16

Written Description in the Life Sciences: The Devil is in the Details

There is a quid pro quo under the U.S. patent laws. In exchange for disclosing her invention, an inventor receives a limited monopoly. Recent developments, however, …

CAFC Affirms District Court Ruling for Amazon on Claim Construction

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the United States District Court for the Northern District of California’s final …
By Butch Laker
6 months ago 0

After Hyatt v. Hirshfeld, it Might Be Time to Pay Attention to Prosecution Laches

Gilbert Hyatt was one of many applicants who filed many patent applications shortly before the June 8, 1995 transition point, where patent terms transitioned from being defined based on 17 …
By Kate Gaudry
6 months ago 13

Five Years after Form 18: Post-Iqbal–Twombly Rule 12(b)(6) and 12(c) Motions to Dismiss Patent Infringement Claims

Today, district courts evaluate whether patent infringement complaints satisfy the plausibility standard under Fed. R. Civ. P. 8 and the Supreme Court’s Iqbal–Twombly standard. Five years …
By Eric Levi
6 months ago 3