Fed Circuit Watch: Single Reference Obviousness Finding Does Not Require Motivation to Combine

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Two cases decided recently by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit discuss the oft-problematic area of 35 U.S.C. §103, or the nonobviousness requirement.  This is the second case, Realtime Data, LLC v. Iancu,[1] decided January 10, 2019. Realtime Data, LLC, owns U.S. Patent No. 6,597,812 (‘812), directed to system and method of providing …

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Fed Circuit Watch: PTAB Messed Up Obviousness Analysis (Again)

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The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) seems to have bungled an obviousness analysis (again), and was dinged by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in E.I. DuPont de Nemours v. Synvina C.V.,[1] decided on September 17, 2018.  The case is a good primer on the law of obviousness related to overlapping ranges. …

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Fed Circuit Watch: Opioid Addiction Drug Patent Not Obvious

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On September 10, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Orexo AB v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC,[1] in what turns out to be a fairly straightforward analysis of an obviousness case under 35 U.S.C. §103.  The facts are as follows. Orexo owns U.S. Patent No. 8,940,330 (‘330), which describes opioid treatment generally, and …

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Fed Circuit Watch: Broad Wins Latest CRISPR Court Battle

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On September 10, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Regents of the Univ. of Calif. v. Broad Inst., Inc.,[1] in the latest court battle in the CRISPR patent challenge pitting three of the nation’s largest research universities against each other. CRISPR, or “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats,” is a family …

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Fed Circuit Watch: Hyperlinked Material in Federal Register Notice is Prior Art

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What constitutes prior art is not as easy as it may seem.  While it may be uncontroverted that a Federal Register notice is prior art, the hyperlinked materials in that notice is what was at issue in Jazz Pharm., Inc. v. Amneal Pharm., Inc.,[1] decided by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on …

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Fed Circuit Watch: No Challenge to Partial Institution Raises No SAS Issue

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On June 7, 2018, the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit handed down PGS Geophysical AS v. Iancu,[1] which has a tangential relationship to the WesternGeco LLC, of the recent WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp. [2] recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  This case is one of several transition cases pending with the …

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Fed Circuit Watch: Common Sense Cannot Replace Evidentiary Support

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On March 23, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down DSS Techs. Mgmt., Inc. v. Apple Inc.,[1] reversing two IPR decisions in Apple’s favor on a DSS-owned patent which the PTAB ruled as unpatentable as obvious.  The Fed Circuit panel went to lengths to call out the PTAB’s poor analysis and …

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