Appeal of Discovery Order in BPCIA Patent Infringement Case Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction and Writ of Mandamus for Compelling Discovery Denied

AMGEN v. HOSPIRA:  August 10, 2017.  Before Dyk, Bryson and Chen.   Takeaway: The lack of immediate appeal over orders denying discovery of paragraph (l)(2)(A) information under BPCIA does not render such orders “effectively unreviewable” on appeal from a final judgment to qualify for interlocutory review. The reasonableness requirement of paragraph …

The Seventh Amendment Right to a Jury Trial Does Not Apply to Requests for Attorney’s Fees Under § 285 of the Patent Act

AIA AMERICA v. AVID RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS:  August 10, 2017.  Before Newman, Lourie, and Hughes.   Takeaway: The Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial does not apply to requests for attorney’s fees under § 285 of the Patent Act. The district court did not err by making factual findings not foreclosed by …

CAFC Upheld TTAB’s Decision to Deny Registration of a Mark Merely Descriptive of a Feature of Goods and Services

IN RE:  NORTH CAROLINA LOTTERY:  August 10, 2017.  Before Prost, Chen and Hughes.   Takeaway: As a legal matter, the TTAB did not err by considering the explanatory text of the specimens in the inquiry of whether the mark was descriptive. A mark that merely describes a feature of goods and …

Decision on Attorney’s Fees Vacated and Remanded Because the District Court Used an Incorrect Standard and Made Multiple Errors

ROMAG FASTENERS v. FOSSIL:  August 9, 2017.  Before Newman (concurring-in-part, dissenting-in-part), Dyk (majority), and Hughes.   Takeaway: The Lanham Act should have the same standard for recovering attorney’s fees as the Patent Act in light of Octane. In determining whether a case is exceptional for 35 U.S.C. § 285 fees, a district court …

Non-Profit Organization Appellee Described as Representing the Public Interest Not Excluded from Appearing in Court to Defend a PTAB Decision

PERSONAL AUDIO v. ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION: August 7, 2017.  Before Newman, Clevenger, and O’Malley   Takeaway: A non-profit organization appellee described as representing the public interest is not excluded from appearing in court to defend a PTAB decision in view of the Consumer Watchdog decision with the appellant satisfying the …