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, …

Claims Directed to Encoding and Decoding Image Data Held Patent-Ineligible

RecogniCorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co., Ltd., No. 2016-1499 (Fed. Cir. April 28, 2017) (precedential).  On appeal from W. D. Wash. Before Lourie, Reyna, and Stoll. Takeaway: Adding one abstract idea (mathematical equation) to another abstract idea (encoding and decoding) does not render the claim non-abstract. A claim directed to an abstract …

Federal Circuit Reverses Infringement Judgment as to Three Apple Patents, and Affirms Infringement Judgment as to one Samsung Patent

Authored by Mark Chapman, Ryan Sheehan, and James Reed Digest of Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., LTD., Nos. 2015-1171, 2015-1195, 2015-1994 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 26, 2016) (precedential). On appeal from N.D. Cal. Before Prost, Dyk, and Reyna. Procedural Posture: Apple alleged infringement of five patents by Samsung: U.S. Patent …

Federal Circuit Upholds IPR Final Decisions That Address Fewer Than All of the Challenged Claims

Authored by Mark Chapman, Caryn Harsche, and Kulsoom Hasan Digest of Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp., Nos. 2014-1516, 2014-1530 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 10, 2016) (precedential). On appeal from PTAB IPR No. 2012-00042. Before Newman, Dyk, Wallach. Procedural Posture: Petitioner Synopsys appeals an IPR final decision where the Board found …

CAFC Affirmed Construction of Claims, Anticipation and Obviousness Findings

Authored by K. Patrick Herman, Katrin Feldhaus, and Ajita Shukla Digest of IN RE 55 BRAKE LLC, No. 2014-1554 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 13, 2015) (non-precedential). On appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Before Chen, Bryson, and Hughes. Per Curiam. Procedural Posture: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board relied on …