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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…

Allan Fanucci, Danielle Williams, David P. Enzminger, Ivan M. Poullaos, Kathleen Barry, Michael R. Rueckheim.

Personal jurisdiction proper over east Texas company in the northern District of Texas based on company’s letters alleging infringement; two judges suggest red wing shoe and its progeny may be contrary to Supreme Court precedent

USA - January 23 2019 A patentee sent letters to banks operating in the Northern District of Texas alleging that those banks were infringing patents and needed a license to…

Natural Alternatives, Inc. v. Iancu, No. 2017-1962 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 1, 2018)

USA - December 20 2018 This was an appeal from a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) based on a rejection of patent claims during an inter partes…

Worlds Inc. v. Bungie, Inc., Nos. 2017-1481, 2017-1546, and 2017-1583 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 7, 2018)

USA - November 2 2018 The appellee petitioned for inter partes review (IPR) of patents asserted in copending litigation against a distributor of a video game that Bungie…

JTEKT Corporation v. GKN Automotive Ltd., No. 2017-1828 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 3, 2018)

USA - October 5 2018 JTEKT was designing a drivetrain for four-wheel-drive vehicles and became aware of a patent that caused it some concern, so it filed a petition for…