PTAB’s Adoption of Petitioner’s Arguments Regarding Modification of a Prior Art Reference Held Minimally Sufficient to Support its Obviousness Determination

IGNITE USA, LLC v. CAMELBAK PRODS., LLC: October 12, 2017 (non-precedential). Before Prost, Wallach, and Taranto.   Takeaway: PTAB’s adoption of Petitioner’s obviousness arguments in its opinion was “sufficient, if minimally,” to explain the connection between its factual findings and legal conclusion of obviousness. Procedural Posture: CamelBak Products, LLC petitioned for …

R&H’s Processes for Preparing Emulsion Polymers with Improved Opacity Not Invalid over the Prior Art that Does Not Include a “Swelling Agent” Narrowly Construed by the PTAB

ORGANIK KIMYA AS v. ROHM AND HAAS COMPANY: October 11, 2017. Before Prost, Newman, and Taranto.   Takeaway: Where a patent specification uses the word ‘include’ immediately followed by the phrase ‘are those which,’ the element is properly limited to the embodiments “which exhibit the functional characteristics thereafter described.” Procedural …

Causal Nexus Requirement for Showing Irreparable Harm in Multi-consumer, Multi-Feature Products Only Requires An infringing Feature to be “A Driver” of Demand

GENBAND v. METASWITCH: July 10, 2017. Before Lourie, Taranto, and Chen.   Takeaway: In multi-consumer, multi-feature products, the causal nexus requirement for showing irreparable harm can be satisfied by evidence showing that an infringing feature increases a product’s desirability, or evidence showing that the absence of the feature would make …

Federal Circuit Dismisses Appeal upon Finding it is Precluded from Reviewing District Court’s Decision to Remand for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

PRESTON V. NAGEL: Jun. 1, 2017. Before Dyk, Taranto, and Hughes. Takeaways: The CAFC is barred under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d) from reviewing the district court’s decision to remand because the remand was based on a lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The CAFC found that while hearing state-law and patent-law …

Federal Circuit Reaffirms the Board’s Decision to Terminate a Reexamination As to Only Litigated Claims in a Civil Action

IN RE AFFINITY LABS OF TEXAS, LLC: May 5, 2017. Before Taranto, Chen, Stoll. Takeaway: The estoppel provision under 35 U.S.C. 317(b) does not extend to all parties and all claims, but rather only to an inter partes requester that was a party to the civil action (or its privies) …