Precedential Federal Circuit Opinion

Reyna, J.  Affirming decision of obviousness of patents relating to treating pain in patients with compromised liver functionality.  “To the extent [patent owner] contends that inherency can only satisfy a claim limitation when all other limitations are taught in a single reference, that position is contrary to our prior recognition that ‘inherency may supply a missing claim limitation in an obviousness analysis’ where the limitation at issue is ‘the natural result of the combination of prior art elements.’”  The Court also found that there was “no inconsistency between the district court’s findings underlying its obviousness and lack of written description determinations.”

  1. PERSION PHARMACEUTICALS LLC v. ALVOGEN MALTA OPERATIONS LTD. [OPINION - PRECEDENTIAL] (2018-2361, 12/27/19) (O’Malley, Reyna, Chen)