This morning the Federal Circuit released a precedential opinion in a trade case appealed from the Court of International Trade. The Federal Circuit also released two nonprecedential opinions. The first comes in a government contract case appealed from the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals; the second comes in a patent case appealed from the Eastern District of Texas. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

Aspects Furniture International, Inc. v. United States (Precedential)

Appellants challenge the timing and procedure by which the United States Customs and Border Protection provided notice to Appellants of the liquidation of eleven entries of wooden bedroom furniture from China. Appellants contend that the United States Court of International Trade erred in determining that Customs timely liquidated or reliquidated ten entries and that Customs’ mislabeling of the notice of reliquidation for the remaining entry was harmless. We affirm.

Microtechnologies LLC v. United States Attorney General (Nonprecedential)

Microtechnologies LLC (MicroTech) appeals the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals’ summary judgment that MicroTech is not entitled to recover costs under the applicable termination clause. Because MicroTech cannot show that the costs it seeks to recover were reasonable charges that resulted from the termination, as required by the parties’ contract, we affirm.

Vocalife LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. (Nonprecedential)

Defendants-Appellants Amazon.com, Inc. and Amazon.com LLC appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas’ denial of Amazon’s motion for judgment as a matter of law on the issue of noninfringement. Plaintiff-Cross-Appellant Vocalife LLC cross-appeals two of the district court’s summary judgment grants. Because there is no substantial evidence to support infringement of the “plurality of configurations” limitation, we reverse the district court’s denial of Amazon’s motion for judgment as a matter of law, vacate the jury verdict, and dismiss Vocalife’s cross-appeal as moot.