This morning, the Federal Circuit released a precedential opinion in a patent case. The opinion addresses arguments about the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s construction of a claim term and the Board’s denial of a motion to amend claims. Here is the introduction to the opinion.

Sisvel International S.A. v. Sierra Wireless, Inc. (Precedential)

Sisvel International S.A. (“Sisvel”) appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“Board”) decisions in IPR2020-01070 and IPR2020-01071. In those decisions, the Board concluded that claims 10, 11, 13, 17, and 24 of U.S. Patent No. 7,433,698 (the “’698 patent”) and claims 1, 2, 4, and 13-18 of U.S. Patent No. 8,364,196 (the “’196 patent”) are unpatentable as anticipated and/or obvious in view of certain prior art.

On appeal, Sisvel challenges the Board’s construction of a single claim term, “connection rejection message.” Sisvel also faults the Board’s denial of its revised motion to amend the claims of the ’698 patent. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(4)(A). For the reasons provided below, we affirm.