What is the Pleading Standard for Invalidity Counterclaims?

Bare-bones counterclaims alleging invalidity of patents-in-suit were held sufficient to survive a motion to dismiss under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) and 8(a).  Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC v. J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc., No. 1… Read More

Functional Language Renders Claims Indefinite

Patent claims broadly reciting functions of a “controller” are indefinite under 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph, according to the court in Markem-Imaje Corp. v. Zipher, Ltd., Civil No. 07-cv-00006-PB (D. N.H. Aug. 9, 2012).… Read More

Prior Art Publications Are Presumed to Be Enabling

The presumption that a prior art reference is enabled applies to printed publications in addition to patents, the Federal Circuit has explained in In re Antor Media Corp., No. 2011-1465 (Fed. Cir. July 27, 2012).  Further, the Fe… Read More

Indefiniteness of Software Patent Claims; Certificates of Correction

Whether means-plus-function claims were indefinite, and the effect of a certificate of correction on correcting a patent’s priority date, were two of the interesting issues discussed by the court in Carotek, Inc. v. Event Ca… Read More

Federal Circuit Upholds Obviousness Rejection

What are the chances of overcoming the obviousness rejection of a patent claim having all of its elements disclosed in the prior art, albeit by multiple references?  In the wake of KSR v. Teleflex, the odds of succeeding with suc… Read More

§ 102(b) On-Sale Bar Combined with § 103 Prior Art Invalidates Software Patent Claims as Obvious

Software claims directed to a client-server system were held invalid as obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a) based on the combination of a reference that qualified as prior art by having been on sale under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b), and re… Read More

Section 102 On-Sale Bar Invalidates Software Patent Claims

The Federal Circuit has upheld a jury verdict invalidating patent claims covering a software product that the plaintiff had demonstrated and sold prior to filing a patent application.  Leader Technologies, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.,… Read More

Software Patent Means Claims Held Indefinite

A software patent means-plus-function claim is indefinite where the specification fails to disclose an algorithm that performs the recited function.  The Federal Circuit has now held that where a means limitation is associated wi… Read More

Mixing a System and Method Steps in a Single Patent Claim

A recent Eastern District of Texas opinion holds that a patent claim can recite a system that performs method steps without being indefinite under 35 U.S.C.  § 112, ¶ 2.  Oasis Research v. AT&T Corp, 2012 U.S. No. 4:10-CV-… Read More

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