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Chemical Compound Invention, Even if the Inherent Result of a Well-Known Process, is not Obvious if there is no Teaching or Suggestion to Make the Compound in the Prior Art

Millennium Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz Inc., No. 2015-2066, 2016-1008, 2016-1009, 2016-1010, 2016-1109, 2016-1110, 2016-1283, 2016-1762 (Fed. Cir. July 17, 2017). Before Circuit Judges Newman, Mayer and O’Malley. Takeaway: An invention, albeit the inherent result of a well-known process, is not itself obvious if the prior art references contain no teaching or …

Causal Nexus Requirement for Showing Irreparable Harm in Multi-consumer, Multi-Feature Products Only Requires An infringing Feature to be “A Driver” of Demand

GENBAND v. METASWITCH: July 10, 2017. Before Lourie, Taranto, and Chen.   Takeaway: In multi-consumer, multi-feature products, the causal nexus requirement for showing irreparable harm can be satisfied by evidence showing that an infringing feature increases a product’s desirability, or evidence showing that the absence of the feature would make …

PTAB Cannot Treat Pre-AIA Means-Plus-Function Limitations As Purely Functional Under the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard

IPCOM GMBH & CO. v. HTC CORPORATION: July 7, 2017. Before Prost, Clevenger, Chen. Takeaway: Pre-AIA §112 ¶ 6 (means-plus-function) claim construction analysis requires that the Board not only identify the particular claimed function, but also identify the corresponding structure, material, or acts that perform that function in the specification. …

Denial of Attorneys’ Fees Is Reversed for Abuse of Discretion

ADJUSTACAM, LLC v. NEWEGG, INC.: July 5, 2017. Before Reyna, Mayer, Hughes. Takeaway: Denial of attorneys’ fees under § 285 is reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard. While district courts are owed deference in deciding fees motions, that deference is not absolute, and the CAFC will not defer to …

Stanford University’s Loss in Interferences of Three Patents Covering Testing Methods for Fetal Aneuploidies for Lack of Written Description is Vacated

The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Jun. 27, 2017, Before O’Malley, Reyna, and Chen.   Takeaway: The Federal Circuit declined to reconsider its decision in Biogen MA, Inc. v. Japanese Found. for Cancer Research, 785 F.3d 648 (Fed. Cir. …

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