Specific Board Findings Are Not Necessary Where a Patent and Prior Art Reflect the Appropriate Level of Skill in the Art

RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES v. CAMTEK: Dec. 22, 2016. Before Newman, Reyna (dissent-in-part), and Stoll, per curiam. (non-precedential) The Takeaway: Where a patent and prior art reflect the appropriate level of skill, and it is not an issue presented by the parties, an absence of specific findings on the level of skill …

District Court Abused Its Discretion in Awarding Fees by Relying on Unsupported Conclusions and by Giving Certain Evidence Undue Weight

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Michael Block, Jean Dassie and Vaibhav Sharma LARGE AUDIENCE DISPLAY  v. TENNMAN.: Oct. 20, 2016. Before Moore, Linn, and O’Malley, per curiam. (nonprecedential) The Takeaway: The record must support the circumstances upon which a district court relies in finding a case exceptional and awarding fees. Courts …

Federal Circuit Disagrees with P.T.A.B.’s Reading of the Prior Art and Reverses Patentability Determinations to Knock out Claims of Computerized Research Patents

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Chris Coulson, and Jessica Cohen-Nowak Software Rights Archive, LLC v. Facebook, Inc., No. 2015-1649, -1650, -1651 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 9, 2016) (non-precedential).  On appeal from P.T.A.B.  Before Newman, Mayer and Chen, per curiam. Procedural Posture:  Patent Owner appealed the Board’s decision in an inter partes review …

Federal Circuit Finds Failure to Submit Evidence by Deadline Was Not Excusable Neglect in Affirming Dismissal of Trademark Cancellation Petition

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Chris Coulson, and Jessica Cohen-Nowak Westlake v. Barrera, No. 2016-1189 (Fed. Circ. Sept. 8, 2016) (non-precedential).  On appeal from T.T.A.B.  Before Prost, Newman and Taranto, per curiam. Procedural Posture:  Mr. Steven Westlake filed a petition seeking to cancel Mr. Edgar Barrera’s trademark registration.  The Trademark Trial …

Federal Circuit Poised to Resolve En Banc Burden of Proof Issues on a Patentee’s Motion to Amend during IPR

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Ksenia Takhistova and William Uhr IN RE AQUA PRODUCTS, INC., No. 2015-1177 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 12, 2016). On petition for rehearing en banc in an appeal from the PTAB. Before Prost, Newman, Lourie, Dyk, Moore, O’Malley, Reyna, Wallach, Taranto, Chen, Hughes. Per curiam. Procedural Posture: …