Category Archives: Federal Court

Supreme Court Bars Laches Defense, Leaves Statute of Limitations in Patent Suits

One more Federal Circuit decisions bites the dust. Today, in SCA Hygiene Products AB v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC,  the Supreme Court held that the equitable doctrine of laches (undue delay) cannot be invoked as a defense against a … Continue reading

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AKAMAI V – “How To” Induce Infringement of a Method of Treatment Claim

I have both been busy since the holiday season and frankly, uninspired by the case law that has appeared on the scene. Who can be enraptured by the fine points of standing when we are all speculating about whether Michelle … Continue reading

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Chisum Academy Awards for 2016 to Federal Circuit Decisions

This is a guest post from the Chisum Patent Academy. Chisum and Mueller selected the following fifteen (15) cases as the most impactful of the Federal Circuit’s precedential patent law decisions issued in 2016. We excluded Supreme Court patent decisions, all … Continue reading

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In re NuVasive, Inc. – Explain Yourself!

In re NuVasive Emphasizes the Importance of Reasoning in the Obviousness Question. Since KSR, 127 S.Ct. 1727 (2007), repudiated as “rigid and mandatory” the Federal Circuit “rule” for obviousness –  that the prior art must provide a teaching, suggestion or … Continue reading

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