Insurance Valuation Patent Claims Invalid Under Section 101

The Federal Circuit has upheld a District Court decision invalidating, as patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101, patent claims directed to calculating an amount that a third-party guarantor must pay based on market and book val… Read More

Discovery Not Limited to Patent Infringement Contentions

Because the Eastern District of Texas does not limit the scope of discovery to the plaintiff’s infringement contentions, the court in DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, No. 2:06-CV-42-JRG (E.D. Texas, July 18, 2012), granted t… Read More

Is a Patent Infringed by Activation of Software Abroad from a System in the U.S.?

In a discovery context, at least, one should assume that a U.S.-based system that activates software sold abroad can infringe a U.S. patent.  Prism Technologies v. Adobe Systems Inc., No. 8:10CV220 (D. Neb. July 17, 2012).  Pris… Read More

2nd Cir. Applies Lear Doctrine to Pre-Lititgation Settlement Agreement

The Second Circuit has held that “a clause in a settlement agreement which bars a patent licensee from later challenging the patent’s validity is void for public policy reasons under the Supreme Court’s decision in L… Read More

Business Method Claims Patentable Says Fed. Cir.

Patent claims directed to using an intermediary in financial transactions to eliminate settlement risk have been held to recite patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  CLS Bank Int’l. v. Alice Corp., No. 201… 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

Is Claim Construction a Prerequisite for Determining Patent Eligibility?

A court has denied a motion for summary judgment of invalidity based on Bilski v. Kappos, in part because the motion had been brought in advance of claim construction, and ahead of the court’s normal schedule for dispositive… Read More

Patent Infringement Pleadings Standards Defined by Federal Circuit

A claim for direct patent infringement is adequately stated by following Form 18 attached to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  However, Form 18 does not set the standard for claims of indirect infringement (i.e., contributo… Read More

Patent Marking Makes Patent Owner's Allegation of Practicing Invention a Double-Edged Sword

After alleging that its product practiced the invention claimed in its patent, and having failed to properly mark that product, a patent owner found itself unable to pursue damages for alleged infringement before the date when the… Read More

Third Party Protected From Producing Source Code in Patent Case

Can a third party be compelled to produce source code in a patent infringement lawsuit?  Not when its concerns about the security of its source code are well-founded, and when the deposition of a knowledgeable engineer will suffi… Read More

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