Tag Archive for Federal Circuit

Why Was Oracle v. Google in the Federal Circuit?

Last week, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Google v. Oracle, preparing to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that application programming interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable and that the replication of an API to implement compatibility is not a fair use.  There are numerous legal flaws with the Federal Circuit’s decisions, flaws addressed at length in…

The Federal Circuit On The Public Notice Function Of Patents

On Wednesday, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Amgen, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.  The decision—mostly focused on the specifics of certain biosimilar production claims—also includes a brief discussion that illustrates one of the reasons that many of the patents issued by the USPTO create a chilling effect on public innovation.

The Federal Circuit Goes Through The Looking Glass

The process of claim construction—interpreting the meaning of the words used in a patent claim—can be confusing at the best of times.  At its worst, as in the Federal Circuit’s Dupont v. Unifrax decision this week, it most closely resembles an exchange from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass.”

A New § 101 Trio Shows That We Don’t Need § 101 Legislation

The Bilski, Alice, Mayo, and Myriad cases are sometimes referred to as a § 101 quartet because they set forth the Supreme Court’s test for patentable subject matter under § 101.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a new trio of § 101 cases emerge from Federal Circuit panels—Berkheimer, Aatrix, and Automated Tracking. The…

All My Excess (Venue) Leaving Texas

Yesterday afternoon, the Federal Circuit overturned the Eastern District of Texas’s test for venue.  Even after TC Heartland, patent trolls were trying to keep defendants in the Eastern District of Texas.  And in the first order issued by Judge Gilstrap, in a case called Raytheon v. Cray, it seemed like he was going to cooperate.…

It’s The Claim Language—Except When It Isn’t

Last week, the Federal Circuit handed down a decision in Visual Memory v. NVIDIA, deciding that the Visual Memory1 cache patents are patent-eligible under § 101. Unfortunately, in doing so the Federal Circuit makes the same mistake they’ve made a few times now—they’ve looked at the specification, not the claims, in order to justify finding…

It’s The End Of The Podcast Patent And We Know It

In eagerly awaited news, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) determination that Personal Audio’s U.S. Pat. No. 8,112,504 is invalid based on an inter partes review petition from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). That’s right.  The podcast patent is dead.  And I feel fine. Stand(ing) Setting aside the merits of…

ContentGuard: Arguendo

Today, we watched as a man stood in front of a panel and explained how the other side had behaved improperly and how the decisions they made were incorrect and contrary to applicable legal standards. I’m speaking, of course, of the ContentGuard oral arguments.  What did you think I was talking about? Oral Argument at the…

ContentGuard: Validity and Privilege

Monday I summarized the history of the ContentGuard cases, and yesterday I described the process of claim interpretation.  Today, we’ll turn to an issue that we’ve focused on recently, patent validity.  ContentGuard convinced the jury that the ContentGuard patents were valid—can they convince the Federal Circuit? Abstract Ideas We’ve written a lot about patents on…