This morning the Federal Circuit issued two precedential opinions, one in a patent case and one in a government contracts case. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

ESIP Series 2, LLC v. Puzhen Life USA, LLC (Precedential)

ESIP Series 2, LLC, appeals a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that certain claims of ESIP’s patent are invalid as obvious. ESIP also contends that the Board should not have instituted inter partes review because appellee Puzhen failed to identify “all real parties in interest” as required by 35 U.S.C. § 312. We find no error in the Board’s obviousness determination, and the Board’s decision to institute inter partes review is final and non-appealable. We affirm.

Electric Boat Corp. v. Secretary of the Navy (Precedential)

Electric Boat Corporation appeals from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ grant of partial summary judgment to the United States Department of the Navy, holding that Electric Boat’s Contract Dispute Act (CDA) claim is barred by the statute of limitations. Because the Board correctly held that Electric Boat’s claim is barred by the statute of limitations, we affirm.