Federal Circuit Affirms a District Court’s Claim Construction, Dispositive of the Determination of Non-Infringement

CLOUD FARM ASSOCIATES LP v. VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC., No. 2016-1448 (Fed. Cir. January 9, 2017) (non-precedential).  On appeal from D. Del.  Before Prost, Clevenger, and Reyna. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff Cloud Farm filed a suit against Defendants alleging infringement of several patents directed to vehicular tilt control apparatuses. The …

Induced Infringement Requires the Inducer to Successfully Communicate With and Induce a Third-Party Direct Infringer

POWER INTEGRATIONS v. FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR: Dec. 12, 2016. Before Prose, Schall, Chen.                                                              Takeaway: A party cannot be liable for induced infringement where it does not successfully communicate with and induce a third-party direct infringer. Where a finding of infringement by equivalence would entirely vitiate a particular claimed element, such …

“Processing System” Term in Voice-over-IP Patents Does Not Render Method Claims Indefinite

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Jonathan Thomas, and William Uhr COX COMMC’NS, INC. V. SPRINT COMMC’N CO., No. 2016-1013 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 23, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from D. Del. Before Prost, Newman, and Bryson. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff Sprint appealed from a district court’s order granting partial summary judgment of …

“Electrode” Construed to Be Limited by Dimensions Recited in Specification

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Jonathan Thomas, and William Uhr ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC. V. LIFESCAN INC., No. 2015-1356 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 22, 2016) (nonprecedential).  On appeal from D. Del. Before Prost, Mayer, and Reyna. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff Roche appealed the district court’s order granting summary judgment of non-infringement. In …

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 Cir. Aug. 19, 2016) (nonprecedential).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 …