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 …

Shoulder Replacement Apparatus Not Anticipated by Prior Art Requiring Modification to Satisfy Claim Language

IN RE: CHUDIK: March 27, 2017. Before Dyk, Reyna, and Stoll. Takeaway: A prior art reference that must be distorted from its obvious design does not anticipate claims. Procedural Posture: In an appeal from the USPTO where the PTAB affirmed the examiner’s rejection of Chudik’s claims as anticipated by two …

Octane Fitness Does Not Provide a Set Formula For Determining Whether to Grant Attorney Fees.

UNIV. OF UTAH v. MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT: March 23, 2017. Before O’Malley, Reyna, Wallach. Takeaway: Octane Fitness does not provide a precise framework for a finding that a case is exceptional and warrants an award of fees, only several suggestions that might guide a district court’s discretionary decision. In ruling on a …

Potential Error in Jury Verdict with Respect to Non-Infringement Is Harmless Where Invalidity Is Affirmed

TVIIM, LLC v. MCAFEE, INC.: March 21, 2017. Before Prost, Clevenger, Reyna. Takeaway: A party cannot argue on appeal that claim terms have “more than one ordinary meaning” if the argument was not raised in the first instance at trial. Potential error by a jury regarding non-infringement is harmless where …