PTAB Cannot Treat Pre-AIA Means-Plus-Function Limitations As Purely Functional Under the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard

IPCOM GMBH & CO. v. HTC CORPORATION: July 7, 2017. Before Prost, Clevenger, Chen. Takeaway: Pre-AIA §112 ¶ 6 (means-plus-function) claim construction analysis requires that the Board not only identify the particular claimed function, but also identify the corresponding structure, material, or acts that perform that function in the specification. …

CAFC Concludes that the District Court Correctly Denied Plaintiff’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law and Properly Upheld the Jury’s Verdict of Noninfringement Where the Jury Did Not Err in Finding that Defendant’s Devices Did Not Infringe the Claims in Plaintiff’s Patent

CORE WIRELESS LICENSING S.A.R.L, v. APPLE INC.: April 14, 2017.  Before O’Malley, Bryson, and Wallach. (precedential). Takeaway: CAFC affirmed the district court’s denial of plaintiff’s JMOL motion upholding the non-infringement verdict where substantial evidence supported the jury’s finding that the accused devices did not use a mobile station to select which …

Federal Circuit Validates Lighting Ballast Patent Based on Expert Testimony Supporting That the Claim Language Presented Defined Structures to Those of Ordinary Skill In The Art

Authored by Jeffrey S. Ginsberg and Andrew Wahba Digest of LIGHTING BALLAST CONTROL V. PHILIPS ELECS. N. AM. CORP, No. 2014-1014 (Fed. Cir. June 23, 2015) (precedential). On appeal from N.D. Tex. Rader, O’Malley, and Reyna. Procedural Posture: Returning on remand from SCOTUS for reconsideration in light of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. …

Federal Circuit Finds Computer-Implemented Means-Plus-Function Claim Limitation Indefinite

Authored by Mark A. Chapman, Joseph M. Purcell, Jr. and Jonathan W. Thomas Digest of EON Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. AT&T Mobility LLC (Fed. Cir. May 6, 2015) (precedential). On appeal from the District of Delaware. Before Prost, Newman, and Bryson. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff appealed district court’s grant of summary …

CAFC Finds Certain Patents Invalid for Obviousness and Finds the District Court’s Claim Construction Erroneous in Two Other Patents

Authored by Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, Caryn Harsche Cross, and Qi Zhao Ph.D. Digest of Mobilemedia Ideas LLC v. Apple Inc., No. 2014-1060, -1091 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 17, 2015) (precedential). On appeal from D. Del. Before Taranto, Bryson, and Chen. Procedural Posture: Defendant Apple appealed from a final judgment finding claim 73 …