Supreme Court Activity

Recent Supreme Court Activity

Here is an update on recent activity at the Supreme Court in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. With respect to the Supreme Court’s October 2021 term, the Court granted certiorari in a veterans case. The Court also requested the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States in a patent case. No new petitions were filed, but one amicus brief was submitted in support of a petition in a patent case and a waiver of right to respond was filed in a pro se case. Additionally, the Court denied four petitions: two in patent cases and two in pro se cases. Here are the details.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – January 13, 2022

This morning the Federal Circuit issued two nonprecedential opinions in cases appealed from the Court of Federal Claims. The first opinion affirms a dismissal by the Court of Federal Claims for failure to prosecute, and the second affirms a dismissal for lack of jurisdiction and failure to prosecute. The court also issued two Rule 36 judgments and one erratum. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the Rule 36 judgments and erratum.

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News

Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Here is a report on recent news and commentary related to the Federal Circuit and its cases. Today’s report highlights:

  • an article discussing the Federal Circuit’s recent announcement that “January oral arguments will be conducted by phone”;
  • another article detailing the Federal Circuit’s recent “switch back to remote oral arguments amid the omicron spike”;
  • yet another article discussing “six bid protest decisions worthy of note”; and
  • a blog post analyzing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s determination of certain patent claims as “unpatentable as either anticipated or obvious.”
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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – December 27, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit issued two nonprecedential opinions. The first comes in a patent case appealed from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and addresses novelty and obviousness. The second comes in a benefits case appealed from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Additionally, the court issued a nonprecedential order denying a petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to direct the Western District of Texas to dismiss a patent case for improper venue. Here are the introductions to the opinions and order.

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Supreme Court Activity

Recent Supreme Court Activity

Here is an update on recent activity at the Supreme Court in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. With respect to the Supreme Court’s October 2021 term, the Court still has not granted any petitions in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. Two new petitions, however, were filed with the Court: one in a trade case and one in a takings case. As for previously filed petitions, one brief in opposition and three reply briefs were filed with the Court in patent, Tucker Act, and takings cases. Additionally, the government filed a waiver of right to respond in a pro se patent case, and the Court denied a petition in another pro se case. Here are the details.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – November 8, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit issued three Rule 36 judgments in cases appealed from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Here are links to the Rule 36 judgments.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – November 4, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit issued two opinions in patent cases appealed from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In the first, a precedential opinion, the court reverses an obviousness determination. In the second, a nonprecedential opinion, the court affirms findings of anticipation and obviousness given a lack of error in claim construction. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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Supreme Court Activity

Recent Supreme Court Activity

Here is an update on recent activity at the Supreme Court in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. With respect to the Supreme Court’s October 2021 term, the Court still has not granted any petitions in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. Since our last update, however, a pro se party filed one new petition with the Court in a patent case. As for previously filed petitions, one amicus brief in a veterans case and one waiver of right to respond in a pro se case were filed. Here are the details.

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Supreme Court Activity

Recent Supreme Court Activity

Here is an update on recent activity at the Supreme Court in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. For the first time during the Supreme Court’s current term, the Court granted certiorari in a case decided by the Federal Circuit, but notably it did so only to vacate the Federal Circuit’s judgment and remand the case for further consideration of an Appointments Clause challenge. As for still-pending petitions, since our last update a pro se party filed a petition. Additionally, a petitioner filed a reply in support of its petition, which raised two questions related to retroactive application of inter partes review and the Federal Circuit’s use of summary affirmances. Lastly, the Supreme Court denied two petitions: one filed by a pro se petitioner and one in a patent case raising an Appointments Clause challenge. Here are the details.

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News

Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Here is a report on recent news and commentary related to the Federal Circuit and its cases. Today’s report highlights:

  • a blog post assessing the Federal Circuit’s “reject[ion] [of the] argument that . . . PTAB Judges have an improper financial interest in instituting AIA proceedings”;
  • an article discussing how General Motors, in a recent Federal Circuit decision, “beat back a challenge by computer-component maker Micro Mobio Corp” in a trademark dispute;
  • another blog post providing an update on a case “in which the court concluded that the USPTO cannot recover expert witness fees in actions brought under 35 U.S.C. § 145”; and
  • an article detailing how “Nokia Oyj, Sprint Corp., and Verizon Communications Inc. are cleared of allegations that their products infringe wireless network patents owned by Traxcell Technologies LLC.”
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