Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Claim Construction for Patent Directed to TV Mounting Kit

Authored by Mark Chapman and Chunmeng Yang Digest of In re Centennial Ltd, No. 2015-1931 (Fed. Cir. June 29, 2016) (nonprecedential). On appeal from P.T.A.B. Before Newman, Schall and Taranto. Procedural Posture: Patent owner appealed from PTAB’s decision in an inter partes reexamination proceedings finding the claims unpatentable as anticipated …

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Directed to Internet Content Filtering System Patent-Eligible under Section 101

Authored by Mark Chapman, Chunmeng Yang Bascom Global Internet Services, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, No. 15-1763 (Fed. Cir. June 27, 2016). On appeal from N.D. Tex. Before Newman, O’Malley and Chen. Procedural Posture: Patent owner appealed from district court’s dismissal based on its finding that the claims are ineligible subject …

Federal Circuit Rules That Evidence of Commercial Success Must be Tied to the Claimed Inventions, not the Prior Art

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Zaed M. Billah, and Ian A. Moore Graftech Int’l Holdings, Inc. v. Laird Techs. Inc., No. 2015-1796 (Fed. Cir. June 17, 2016) (non-precedential). On appeal from P.T.A.B. Before Reyna, Clevenger, and Wallach. Procedural Posture: Appellant patent owner appeals P.T.A.B.’s decision on inter partes review that …

Federal Circuit Rules That a Substitution in the Prior Art May Be Obvious Even if it Results in a Somewhat Inferior Structure

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Zaed M. Billah, and Ian A. Moore In re Zhang, No. 2015-1995 (Fed. Cir. June 17, 2016) (non-precedential). On appeal from P.T.A.B. Before Lourie, Dyk, and Stoll, per curiam. Procedural Posture: Appellant patentee appeals P.T.A.B.’s decision affirming patent examiner’s rejection of certain patent claims as …

Federal Circuit Rules That an Inoperable Combination Does Not Show the Lack of a Motivation to Combine

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Zaed M. Billah, and Ian A. Moore Allied Erecting & Dismantling Co. v. Genesis Attachments, LLC, No. 2015-1533 (Fed. Cir. June 15, 2016) (precedential). On appeal from P.T.A.B. Before Newman, Dyk, and Wallach. Procedural Posture: Appellant patent owner appealed P.T.A.B.’s decision on inter partes reexamination …