“Clear and Indisputable” Right to Relief Required for Writ of Mandamus

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Michael Block, Jean Dassie, and Vaibhav Sharma IN RE: READREN: Nov. 17, 2016. Before Moore, Hughes, and Stoll. The Takeaway: Mandamus carries a very high standard of showing “clear and indisputable” right to relief with the unavailability of other legal channels to obtain the same …

Federal Circuit Lacks Appellate Jurisdiction over Board’s Determination of Whether Assignor Estoppel Prohibits IPR Institution

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Jonathan Thomas, and William Uhr HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD. V. ATHENA AUTOMATION LTD., Nos. 2015-1726, 2016-1727 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 23, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from the PTAB. Before Lourie, Plager, and Stoll. Procedural Posture: Patentee appealed from a decision of the Board in an …

Federal Circuit Applies Totality of the Circumstances Test to Determine Whether There Was a Real and Immediate Threat That the Patent Holder Intended to Enforce Its Patent Rights to Establish a Case or Controversy for Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Chris Coulson, and Jessica Cohen-Nowak Asia Vital Components Co. v. Asetek Danmark A/S, No. 2015-1597 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 8, 2016) (precedential).  On appeal from E.D. Va. Before Prost, Linn and Taranto. Procedural Posture:  Accused infringer sought declaratory judgment that asserted patents were not valid and infringed.  …

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Against United States for Private Party Infringement Cannot Survive

Authored by Rose Cordero Prey, Friedrich B. Laub, and Susanna P. Lichter Digest of Sheridan v. U.S., No. 2015-5073 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 8, 2015) (non-precedential). On appeal from Ct. Fed. Cls. Before Dyk, Taranto and Hughes. Per curiam. Procedural Posture: Plaintiff patentee appealed dismissal of patent infringement claim against the U.S. …

Federal Circuit Rules District Court Review is Unavailable for Interferences Commenced After 9/15/2012

Authored by Mark A. Chapman, Joseph M. Purcell, Jr. and Jonathan W. Thomas Digest of Biogen MA, Inc. v. Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, No. 2014-1525 (Fed. Cir. May 7, 2015) (precedential). On appeal from the District of Massachusetts.1 Before Dyk, Schall, and Chen. Procedural Posture: In an interference proceeding, the PTAB …