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 …

Federal Circuit Affirms the District Court’s Claim Construction Order and Summary Judgment of No Infringement of a Patent Directed to a Mountable Digital Picture Frame

Authored by Paul Qualey, Ksenia Takhistova, and Roman Khasidov Profectus Tech. LLC v. Huawei Techs. Co., Nos. 2015-1016, 2015-1018, and 2015-1019 (Fed. Cir. May 26, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from E.D. Tex.  Before Moore, Reyna and Wallach. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff Profectus Technology LLC (“Profectus”) appealed the district court’s claim construction order …

Federal Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment of Noninfringement of Heat Exchanger Patents

Authored by Georg Reitboeck, Michael Turner, and Srikant Cheruvu Digest of Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. v. Dow Chemical Company, Nos. 2015-1331, 2015-1389 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 29, 2016) (precedential). On appeal from D. Del. Before Lourie, Reyna, and Chen. Procedural Posture: Patentee Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. appealed the District Court’s grant …

Federal Circuit Reverses Award of Attorney Fees under a Patent Licensing Agreement

Authored by Georg C. Reitboeck and Dervis Magistre Digest of Buckhorn Inc. v. Orbis Corporation, No. 2014-1711 (Fed. Cir. July 2, 2015) (non-precedential). On appeal from S.D. Ohio. Before Lourie, Plager, and Dyk. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff appealed the district court decision to award attorney fees to Defendant under a patent licensing agreement. …

Federal Circuit Rules on Fivetech’s Infringement of Southco’s Patents and Trademark

Authored by Georg C. Reitboeck, David J. Kaplan, Srikant Cheruvu Digest of Southco, Inc. v. Fivetech Tech. Inc., No. 2014-1390 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 10, 2015) (non-precedential). On appeal from E.D. Pa. Before Moore, Plager, and Wallach. Procedural Posture: Patentee and trademark holder Southco, Inc. appealed the District Court’s grant of summary …