United States

Case summaries and articles about intellectual property that are relevant to the United States of America.

May 12, 2022
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Federal Circuit Narrows Application of the Experimental Use Exception

Under the “on-sale bar”, privately offering to sell an invention before filing a patent application can void the patent rights in all but a few permissible scenarios.
November 2, 2021
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Apple and Visa Persuade Federal Circuit to Invalidate Patents for Secure-Payment

Fed. Cir. No. 2020-2044: The Federal Circuit found that the patents were directed to an abstract idea, with no additional elements to transform them into patentable subject-matter.
October 5, 2021
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United States Court of Appeals Clarifies “Actual Notice” Under § 287

Fed. Cir. No. 19-2286: The actual notice requirement of § 287 is only satisfied when the recipient is informed of the identity of the patent and the allegedly infringing activity.
July 7, 2021

CAFC Invalidates a Camera Patent, Blurring Lines in the Patent Eligibility Inquiry

Fed. Cir. No. 2020-1760: The CAFC sided with Apple and Samsung, finding a patent for an “improved” digital camera to be an abstract idea and not patent-eligible subject matter.
April 22, 2021
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US Supreme Court Sides With Google to End Oracle’s Monopoly Over Java

No. 18-956: In ruling that Google's copying of Java code amounted to fair use, the court adapted traditional copyright laws to software, which is primarily functional in nature.
March 3, 2021
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A Closer Look: CAFC Finds Immersion Photography Claims Are Obvious

Fed Cir, 2019-1927: The CAFC overturned a finding of non-obviousness by the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board on a patent owned by Melanoscan, LLC.
December 2, 2020
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Written Description Particularly Important if Amending Claims in Response to Competitor

Fed. Cir. 2018-1779: A patent for testing fetal DNA was found to be unpatentable because the claims were not fully supported by the written description.
September 10, 2020
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Identical Preambles: Limiting in One Patent, Not Another

Fed. Cir. 2019-1622: The CAFC found the same preamble created different limitations for different patents, limiting one patent but not the other.
August 10, 2020
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Infringer Uses Marking Requirement to Escape Pre-Suit Damages

Fed. Cir. 2019-2041 - The CAFC held that Packet Intelligence was precluded from claiming $3.5M in pre-suit damages because the marking requirement was not met.
July 7, 2020
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Hands Off! Nike Wins Battle Over Claw Logo Against Kawhi Leonard

An Oregon court ruled that Nike owns the Claw logo that includes a sketch of Leonard's hands that famously earned him the nickname “The Claw.”