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 …

Contacts with a Forum State that Occurred Prior to the Issuance of a Patent are Not Sufficient to Confer Personal Jurisdiction for a Patent Infringement Case

NEXLEARN, LLC, v. ALLEN INTERACTIONS, INC.: June 19, 2017.  Before Moore, Schall, and Hughes   Takeaway: A defendant’s contacts with a forum state that occurred prior to the issuance of a patent are not sufficient to confer specific personal jurisdiction for a patent infringement case after the patent issues. Absent any …

Federal Circuit Dismisses Appeal upon Finding it is Precluded from Reviewing District Court’s Decision to Remand for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

PRESTON V. NAGEL: Jun. 1, 2017. Before Dyk, Taranto, and Hughes. Takeaways: The CAFC is barred under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d) from reviewing the district court’s decision to remand because the remand was based on a lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The CAFC found that while hearing state-law and patent-law …

The District Court Properly Exercised Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Granted Summary Judgment Notwithstanding the Plaintiff’s Execution of a Covenant not to Sue that Appeared to be Unconditional

ARCELORMITTAL V. AK STEEL CORP.:  May 16, 2017. Before Hughes (majority), Wallach (dissent), and Moore.   Takeaway: CAFC affirmed the district court’s ruling that it had the subject matter jurisdiction necessary to deny plaintiff’s motion to dismiss and grant summary judgment of invalidity. CAFC found that a facially unconditional covenant not …

Lack of Meaningful Competition Between the Parties Weighed Against Conclusion of Irreparable Harm, Leading to Denial of Permanent Injunction

Nichia Corp. v. Everlight Americas, INC., No. 2016-1585, 2016-1618 (Fed. Cir. April 28, 2017) (precedential).  On appeal from E.D. Tex.  Before Reyna, Hughes and Stoll. Takeaway: Lack of meaningful competition between the parties weighs against conclusion of irreparable harm. Procedural Posture: Nichia, the owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,530,250, 7,432,589, …