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Federal Circuit Patent Decision Summaries - February 2019

USA - March 4 2019 During prosecution of its U.S. patent application, the patent owner filed a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) after a final Office Action…

Andrew R. Sommer, Danielle Williams, David P. Enzminger, Ivan M. Poullaos, Kathleen Barry, Michael R. Rueckheim.

Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corporation, No. 2016-1410 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 24, 2017)

USA - January 3 2017 Grant of preliminary injunction affirmed where patent claims found not vulnerable to invalidity arguments and patentee demonstrated irreparable harm…

David P. Enzminger, Ivan M. Poullaos, Kathleen Barry, Merritt Westcott, Michael A. Tomasulo, Michael Woods.

In re: Van Os, No. 2015-1975 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 3, 2017)

USA - January 3 2017 Obviousness finding based on motivation to combine on “common sense” grounds under KSR must provide explicit and clear reasoning…

David P. Enzminger, Ivan M. Poullaos, Kathleen Barry, Merritt Westcott, Michael A. Tomasulo, Michael Woods.

Eli Lilly and Company v. Teva Parenteral Medicines, No. 2015-2067 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 12, 2017)

USA - January 3 2017 Specificity of packaging and instructions leads to finding of induced infringement under Akamai V standard…

David P. Enzminger, Ivan M. Poullaos, Kathleen Barry, Merritt Westcott, Michael A. Tomasulo, Michael Woods.

In re: Ethicon, Inc., No. 2015-1696 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 3, 2017)

USA - January 3 2017 Reference teaching alternative embodiment is acceptable prior art; age of reference immaterial…

David P. Enzminger, Ivan M. Poullaos, Kathleen Barry, Merritt Westcott, Michael A. Tomasulo, Michael Woods.