Here is a report on recent news and commentary related to the Federal Circuit and its cases. Today’s report highlights:
- a blog post discussing how the Federal Circuit “has been tearing through mandamus petitions on the issue of inconvenient venue”; and
- an article analyzing the Federal Circuit’s recent reversal of a lower court’s finding of patent ineligibility.
Dennis Crouch wrote a post for Patently-O discussing how “[t]he Federal Circuit has been tearing through mandamus petitions on the issue of inconvenient venue under Section 1404(a).” Given that “the Federal Circuit has substantially advanced the doctrine over the past 4 years,” he hypothesized that, “[b]y the time the Fifth Circuit hears another mandamus petition . . . the court may be a bit shocked to see where their doctrine has gone.”
Matthew Bultman authored an article for Bloomberg Law on how in CosmoKey Solutions GMBH & Co. v. Duo Security LLC “[t]he Federal Circuit reversed a lower court decision and ruled that CosmoKey Solutions GmbH & Co. KG’s patent on a multifactor authentication technique is eligible for legal protection.” Bultman highlighted the Federal Circuit’s emphasis on the fact that the “multifactor authentication technique covers more than just an abstract idea.”