Category Archives: Inequitable Conduct/Rule 56

Finjan, Inc. v ESET, LLC: Can Billing Records Evidence Intent Element of Inequitable Conduct?

In an odd Order relating to a discovery request made by ESET for the billing records of plaintiff’s patent attorney, Bey, the Magistrate Judge in Case No. 17CV183 CAB (BGS)(S. D. Cal., June 25, 2018) ordered discovery of “non-privileged” billing … Continue reading

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Fed. Cir. Affirms Unclean Hands Defense in Gilead v. Merck

On April 25th, a Fed. Cir. panel of Judges Taranto, Clevenger and Chen affirmed the unenforceability of two Merck patents covering a drug presently marketed as Sovaldi(r) to treat hepatitis C, sofosbuvir. Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Merck & Co., Appeal … Continue reading

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Inequitable Conduct Intent Prong Due to Litigation Misconduct

In Regeneron Pharmaceuticals v. Merus N.V., Appeal No. 2016-1346 (Fed. Cir., July 27, 2017), a split three-judge panel of Prost, Wallach and Newman (Newman dissenting) affirmed the district court’s ruling that claim 1 of Regeneron’s U.S. Pat. No. 8,502,018 is … Continue reading

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Millennium Pharm. v. Sandoz, Inc. – Revenge of the Chemical Judges

In the 2003 panel decision in Schering Corp. v. Geneva Pharm., Inc., the panel rejected “the contention that inherent anticipation requires recognition [of the claim element not found] in the prior art.” The claims were directed to a bioactive metabolite … Continue reading

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