Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Agency May Deny Patents if Inventors Delay Process, Court Says – Perry Cooper submitted an article on about repercussions of a recent Federal Circuit case addressing prosecution laches, Hyatt v. Hirshfeld

How to Get “Boxed-In” and Blow a Judgment You Received: Sleeping in the Bed You Made – Five authors, Amanda Murphy, Brooke Winer, Melissa Santos, Grodan Wright, and Thomas Irving, wrote an article posted on reporting on the holding from a recent Federal Circuit patent case, Cap Export, LLC v. Zinus, Inc., where the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to set aside a judgment based on “affirmative misrepresentations” related to alleged prior art.

Recent Case Action Restores Confidence in Federal Whistleblowers – Mathew B. Tully reported on that a recent decision by the Federal Circuit, Tao v. Merit Systems Protection Board, “has favorable implications for federal employee whistleblowers.”

Here is the latest.

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Opinions & Orders – June 1, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in a patent case appealed from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the district court with respect to its decision addressing prosecution laches and held the remainder of the case in abeyance. Here is the introduction to the opinion.

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Recent Supreme Court Activity – Report on October 1 Conference

Last week we provided a preview of the 27 petitions distributed for the Supreme Court’s October 1 conference in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. Here is a report on the order list the Supreme Court issued today as a result of its October 1 conference. In a nutshell, the Court denied or dismissed petitions for certiorari in 21 cases decided by the Federal Circuit, and left six other petitions pending.

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Petitions / Supreme Court Activity

Supreme Court Preview – October 1 Conference

This Tuesday the Supreme Court returns from its summer hiatus, holding its first conference of the 2019 Term. Here is a list of the petitions that have been distributed for Tuesday’s conference in cases decided by the Federal Circuit, organized by subject matter, along with some comments.

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