Here is an update on recent en banc activity at the Federal Circuit in patent cases. The court received four new petitions raising questions related to the scope of usable prior art in inter partes review proceedings, motivation to combine prior art references, and the presumption of nexus in a non-obviousness analysis. The court received a response to a petition raising questions related to claim construction and a response to a motion to expedite issuance of the mandate in a case raising questions related to choice of law, forum selection clauses, and injunctive relief. The court also invited a response to the petition already mentioned that raised a question related to motivation to combine prior art references. Finally, the court denied three petitions raising questions related to claim construction and the written description requirement. Here are the details.
Opinions & Orders – March 21, 2022
This morning the Federal Circuit issued a nonprecedential opinion in an employment case appealed from the Merit Systems Protection Board. The opinion affirms a finding lack of jurisdiction for an appeal under the Whistleblower Protection Act and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. The court also issued a nonprecedential order denying a combined petition for panel and en banc rehearing. Here is the introduction to the opinion and text from the order.
Recent En Banc Activity
Here is an update on recent en banc activity at the Federal Circuit in patent cases. The court received two new petitions raising questions related to claim construction; a new response to a petition raising questions related to an alleged conflict of interest and summary affirmances; and a new amicus brief in support of a petition raising a question related to the written description requirement. Finally the court denied a petition for rehearing en banc raising questions related to inducement of infringement and an evidentiary rule. Here are the details.
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 detailing the “top 10 patent cases: 1891 to 1951”;
- an article discussing how “[t]he Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Judge Leonard Stark’s nomination to the Federal Circuit”;
- another article explaining how “[t]wo of President Biden’s key nominations related to intellectual property law moved closer to confirmation on Thursday”; and
- yet another article assessing how the Federal Circuit recently explained that “a California district court erred in its claim construction.”
Opinions & Orders – January 14, 2022
This morning the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in patent case appealed from the District of California. The opinion reverses a grant of summary judgment of non-infringement based on the Federal Circuit’s claim construction. The Federal Circuit also issued a nonprecedential order denying a petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to overrule the District of New Jersey’s decision to transfer a patent case to the Western District of Texas . Finally, the Federal Circuit issued a Rule 36 judgment. Here are the introductions to the opinion and order as well as a link to the Rule 36 judgment.