Last Week in the Federal Circuit (February 1-5): The Growing Universe of Printed Publications
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- Since yesterday was the Super Bowl, we assume that all of our readers spent today as we did, thinking about the Federal Circuit's recent decision in M&K Holdings about a video compression patent. If not, we've got you covered. Below we provide our usual weekly... ›
Who Gets Oral Argument (Revisited): January Argument Recap/February Argument Preview
By: Brian R. MatsuiOut with the old, and in with the new: it’s Court week for the short February month, so we thought we’d revisit what happened at oral arguments last month and what’s happening now. First, the past: In the highly coveted first week of January... ›
Last Week in the Federal Circuit (January 25-29): Year 1993 and LTE Technology
By: Soo J. ParkDespite no precedential patent decisions at the Federal Circuit, the Court still addressed some interesting issues last week, including whether a license agreement from 1993 bars patent infringement claims on LTE technology 25 years later. Below we provide our usual weekly statistics and our... ›
There’s a new President. How could that affect practice in the Circuit?
By: Deanne E. MaynardWhat could the new President mean for Federal Circuit practitioners? It could mean new judges. While no vacancies arose during President Trump’s term, five of the Circuit’s active judges can take senior status at any time, because they meet “the rule of 80” (which... ›
MoFo Perspectives Podcast: New Solicitor General, New Positions?
By: Deanne E. Maynard and Joseph R. PalmoreIn this latest MoFo Perspectives podcast, MoFo appellate co-chairs Deanne Maynard and Joe Palmore speak on why the Biden Administration might change the government’s positions before the Supreme Court—and why it might not. This could matter to Federal Circuit practitioners, as the government participates... ›
Last Week in the Federal Circuit (January 18-22): Factual Obviousness and Yet Another Arthrex Challenge
By: Keunbong (KB) DoAlthough the Federal Circuit has had a busy January, last week was light on precedential decisions (just one, in a case from the MSPB). Below we provide our usual weekly statistics and our case of the week—our highly subjective selection based on whatever case... ›
The Federal Circuit, in Boeing, Backs Contractors’ Proprietary Markings, but Leaves Open an Important Question on Scope
By: Locke BellBelow is an excerpt from one of Morrison & Foerster’s blogs, Government Contracts , where our lawyers offer a real-time assessment of the statutory, regulatory, legal, and business-related developments and trends that are shaping the industry. The blog’s regularly-published Insights provide an in-depth analysis of... ›
Last Week in the Federal Circuit: Waiver and Constitutional AvoidanceThe Federal Circuit issued just one precedential opinion last week. But it’s an interesting one: The Court exercised its discretion to reach (or rather, avoid) a constitutional issue not pressed or passed upon by the trial court. Below we provide our usual weekly statistics... ›
Assignor Estoppel for the Win? A Quick Look at the Supreme Court’s Grant in Minerva and Denial of the Accompanying Cross-petition
By: Seth W. Lloyd and Brian R. MatsuiAs many readers know, the Supreme Court just granted a petition for certiorari in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. The case asks the Supreme Court to abolish the doctrine of assignor estoppel. But the Supreme Court also passed on a cross-petition in the... ›
Last Week in the Federal Circuit (January 4-8): Mooting your opponent’s appeal
By: Brian R. Matsui and Seth W. LloydNow that the new year has started, we’re seeing an uptick in precedential opinions. This week we decided to turn back to patent appeals, taking a look at IPRs and Article III—always a fun topic. Below we provide our usual weekly statistics and our... ›