Last Week In The Federal Circuit (January 23 – January 27): Furnishing Statutory Meaning
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- The Supreme Court recently issued its first decision of the Term in Arellano v. McDonough , affirming the Federal Circuit and holding that a statutory provision governing the effective date of a veterans’ benefits application is not subject to equitable tolling. (We wrote about the... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (January 17 – January 20): “Larger Than” Or “Large Enough”?
By: Seth W. LloydIf you think claim construction is more fun than watching paint peel, then you’re probably a patent lawyer. And what’s more fun than claim construction? Claim construction with an indefiniteness challenge, as happened in this week’s case of the week. Case of the (recent) week: Grace... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (January 3 – January 6): Corroboration Station
By: Samuel Benjamin GoldsteinA new year means new Federal Circuit decisions to analyze. Our case of the week recounts an interesting saga of companies copying each other’s patent applications to provoke an interference. And if that’s not enough to grab your attention, the case provides some insight into the... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (November 14-18): No Disclaimer For You!
By: Seth W. LloydSome of you may remember the Federal Circuit’s decision from a few (actually 5!) years ago holding that patent owner statements made in an IPR proceeding may “support a finding of prosecution disclaimer during claim construction.” That decision left unresolved an important question—whether disclaimer statements... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (October 31 – November 4): Keeping It In The (Patent) Family
By: Samuel Benjamin GoldsteinClaim construction disputes often include arguments based on patents in the same family or materials incorporated by reference. Our case of the week discusses both categories of sources—and illustrates some limits on their use in claim construction. Case of the (recent) week: Finjan LLC v.... ›
When Do Federal Circuit Judges Sit (2022)?
By: Seth W. LloydNow that we’re nearing the end of 2022 (crazy, right?), we thought we’d update our data on when Federal Circuit judges sit. We looked at this in early 2021 ( When Do Federal Circuit Judges Sit? ), and we’ve twice looked at data on how... ›
Will Your Appeal Have Argument Soon? Part II
By: Brian R. MatsuiNow that the Court is open to the public—not just for arguing counsel but for anyone to watch arguments and visit the Court—I thought it was time to take a look at argument timing again. Back in April 2021, I first looked because it... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (October 17 – October 21): Mapping The Section 101 Landscape
By: Samuel Benjamin GoldsteinAs we’ve noted , the Supreme Court is once again considering whether to take up patent eligibility: it recently CVSGed two more Section 101 cases. While we wait for the government’s views, the Federal Circuit will continue resolving Section 101 disputes, likely including some close cases resulting in... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (October 10 – October 14): Intrigue, Espionage, Judicial Review, and Administrative Law
By: Brian R. MatsuiThe Supreme Court term has started, and the Court once again seems to be dipping its toes in the water with more CVSGs in 101 cases. Maybe this time the Court will take the plunge. For our case of the week—our highly subjective selection based on... ›
Last Week In The Federal Circuit (October 3 – October 7): Genus/Species Meets Inherent Anticipation
By: Seth W. LloydUnlike obviousness, the test for anticipation in patent law is generally pretty simple—does the prior art disclose the same thing as the challenged patent claims. But as our latest case of the week shows, that simple test can sometimes involve subtle, and more complicated, issues.... ›