In late December,  in Intel Corp. v. Qualcomm Inc., 2020-1828 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 28, 2021), the Federal Circuit found the PTAB erred by accepting Intel’s stipulation concerning the indefiniteness of a means-plus-function claim term. In this opinion, the Federal Circuit explains that in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, patentability determinations cannot be circumvented due to

In Titanium Metals Corp. v. Banner[1], the Federal Circuit notably held that it is “an elementary principle of patent law” that when a claim recites a numerical range, the claimed range is anticipated by a prior art reference that discloses a point or an example within that range.  Accordingly, when seeking to anticipate

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“the Board”) anticipation rejections and vacated and remanded the obviousness rejections against U.S. Patent Application No. 12/906,222 (“the ’222 application”), an application directed to a valve assembly for draining contaminants, condensation, and other fluids that adversely affect the efficiency and

On February 9, 2018, in vacating and remanding parts of an obviousness decision, the Federal Circuit found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “the Board”) erred in parts of its analysis of motivation, teaching away, and commercial success in cancelling all claims of Polaris’ U.S. Pat. No. 8,596,405 (“the ’405 patent”) in

On October 5, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued a final written decision in an inter partes review proceeding filed by Neptune Generics, LLC (“Neptune”) challenging the patentability of the claims in Eli Lilly & Co.’s Patent No. 7,772,209 (“the ’209 patent”).  The Board held that Neptune failed to establish that claims

Remands and reversals of the Board are relatively rare.  Nonetheless, the Federal Circuit has vacated or reversed PTAB decisions every so often for adopting an erroneous claim construction.[1]  Most recently, in Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corp., 2016-2613 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 11, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s decision upholding the challenged

Senior U.S. Circuit Judge William Bryson ruled on Monday that all the asserted claims in the six Restasis patents that Allergan PLC (“Allergan”) accused generic-drug manufacturers of infringing were invalid for obviousness.[i] Last month, Allergan transferred the patents for this dry eye drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (“Tribe”) in an endeavor to

A failure to provide an adequate explanation for findings of obviousness is becoming the Federal Circuit’s recurring rationale for vacating decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In recent months, the Federal Circuit has consistently overturned decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board based on the Board’s lack of an adequate reason or