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CAFC holds “User Interface” Does Not Include Other Machine-Type Interfaces

On February 10, 2016 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decided the case of Convolve, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Compaq Computer Corp. and Seagate Technology, Inc. (February 10, 2016, 2014-1732, CAFC). The technology at issue in the case involved improvements in computer hard drives described in US Patent No. 6,314,473 […]

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Federal Circuit Affirms Jury Verdict of Invalidity for Lack of Written Description in Spinal Disc Case

In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Synthes USA, LLC and Depuy Synthes Products, LLC. v. Spinal Kinetics, Inc.,_F.3d _ (Fed. Cir. 2013). Synthes USA and Depuy Synthes Products (Synthes), the plaintiffs-appellants, appealed from a jury verdict of non-infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,429,270 (270 patent) and […]

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Federal Circuit Limits Scope of Claims Based on the Specification and Prosecution History Estoppel

On April 4, 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Bruce N. Saffran, M.D. v. Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corporation. No. 2012-1043 (Fed. Cir. 2013). In its opinion, written by Judge Lourie, the Federal Circuit reversed the judgment of the US District for the Eastern District of Texas because the […]

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Federal Circuit Reiterates Three-Step Recapture Rule is Proper Test in Reissue Applications

In the case, In re Roger Youman and Marney Morris, the Federal Circuit reiterated that the proper test for determining whether a Reissue Application improperly claims subject matter forfeited in a prior issued patent is the three-step recapture rule (“Recapture Rule”) laid out in In re Shahram Mostafazadeh,. This case involves Reissue Patent Application, 09/313,532 […]

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