“Clear and Indisputable” Right to Relief Required for Writ of Mandamus

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Michael Block, Jean Dassie, and Vaibhav Sharma IN RE: READREN: Nov. 17, 2016. Before Moore, Hughes, and Stoll. The Takeaway: Mandamus carries a very high standard of showing “clear and indisputable” right to relief with the unavailability of other legal channels to obtain the same …

Federal Circuit Lacks Appellate Jurisdiction over Board’s Determination of Whether Assignor Estoppel Prohibits IPR Institution

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Jonathan Thomas, and William Uhr HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD. V. ATHENA AUTOMATION LTD., Nos. 2015-1726, 2016-1727 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 23, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from the PTAB. Before Lourie, Plager, and Stoll. Procedural Posture: Patentee appealed from a decision of the Board in an …

Summary Judgment of Invalidity Vacated for Failure to Fully Address Plaintiff’s Arguments

Authored by Paul T. Qualey, Ji Lei, and Armin Ghiam Semcon Tech, LLC v. Micron Technology Inc., No. 2015-1936 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 19, 2016) (nonprecedential).  On appeal from D. Del.  Before Prost, Bryson and Stoll. Procedural Posture:  Plaintiff-Appellant appealed district court’s grant of summary judgment of invalidity by anticipation.  CAFC …

Federal Circuit Rules That it Lacks Jurisdiction to Review a Final Rejection From a USPTO Examiner

Authored by Paul Qualey, Ksenia Takhistova, and Roman Khasidov In re Lakshmi Arunachalam, No. 2016-1560 (Fed. Cir. May 27, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from the USPTO, Reexamination No. 90/010,346.  Before Taranto, Chen and Hughes. Procedural Posture: Appellant attempted to appeal the USPTO examiner’s final rejection in a reexamination proceeding directly to …

Federal Circuit affirms Summary Judgment of No Infringement of a Patent Directed to a Process for the Coproduction of Ethylene and Purified Benzene from Refinery Mixtures

Authored by Paul Qualey, Ksenia Takhistova, and Roman Khasidov David Netzer Consulting Eng’r LLC v. Shell Oil Co., No. 2015-2086 (Fed. Cir. May 27, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from S.D. Tex.  Before Prost, Lourie and Taranto. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff, the owner of a patent on a process for the coproduction of …