Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 25, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one precedential opinion, one nonprecedential opinion, and four nonprecedential orders. The precedential opinion concerns a “seven-day trip of two transcatheter heart valve systems in and out of San Francisco”—and whether this act of “importation” was exempt from patent infringement under the safe harbor provision of 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1). Judge Lourie dissented from the majority’s interpretation of the relevant statutory language and precedent to exempt infringement in this situation. The nonprecedential opinion addresses an appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims affirming the denial of fees. The orders are dismissals. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the orders.  

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Argument Recap

Argument Recap – Frantzis v. McDonough

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit heard oral argument in Frantzis v. McDonough, a case we have been following because it attracted an amicus brief. In this case, the Federal Circuit is reviewing a determination by the Court of Veteran Claims that, under the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, a claimant is not entitled to an opportunity for a hearing before the Board member who ultimately decides the administrative appeal. Judges Moore, Clevenger, and Chen heard the argument. This is our argument recap.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 22, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released two nonprecedential orders. One dismisses an appeal. The other grants a motion by both parties to stay an appeal until the only patent at issue expires, at which point the Clerk of Order is directed to dismiss the appeal. Here are the links to the orders.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 21, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released four nonprecedential opinions and two nonprecedential orders. One of the opinions addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Court of Federal Claims. Another one of the opinions addresses an appeal from a summary judgment holding asserted patent claims ineligible for patenting. The remaining two opinions address appeals from judgments of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding certain claims unpatentable. The orders are both dismissals. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the orders.

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Petitions / 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 granted cases, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument next week in Harrow v. Department of Defense, a case concerning the Merit Systems Protection Board and whether a filing deadline is jurisdictional. With respect to petitions, two new petitions were filed in a patent case and a pro se case, a waiver of right to respond was filed in a pro se case, two briefs in opposition were filed in a patent case and in a veterans case, and an amicus brief was filed in a Merit Systems Protection Board case. Finally, the Court denied petitions in a pro se case and in a patent case. Here are the details.

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Opinions & Orders – March 18, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one nonprecedential opinion and three nonprecedential orders. The opinion addresses a pro se appeal from a judgment of the Merit Systems Protection Board. Two of the orders deny petitions, while one dismisses an appeal. Late Friday, the Federal Circuit also released one nonprecedential order dismissing another appeal. Here is the introduction to the opinion, selected text from the orders denying petitions, and links to the dismissals.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 15, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released three nonprecedential opinions. One addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Another addresses an appeal from a district court judgment and accompanying order in a patent case mandating the correction of inventorship of several patents. The third addresses an appeal from a final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which held that certain claims had not been shown to be unpatentable as obvious in view of asserted prior art. Late yesterday, the Federal Circuit also released one dismissal. Here are the introductions to the opinions and link to the dismissal.  

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 14, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one nonprecedential opinion and two dismissals. The nonprecedential opinion addresses an appeal from two decisions of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Here is the introduction to the opinion and links to the orders.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 12, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released three nonprecedential opinions and two nonprecedential orders. All three of the opinions address pro se appeals—two opinions dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and one affirms a final order of the Merit Systems Protection Board. The orders are dismissals. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the orders.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 11, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one nonprecedential opinion and five Rule 36 summary affirmances. The nonprecedential opinion addresses a pro se appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Late Friday, the Federal Circuit also released one nonprecedential order dismissing an appeal. Here is the introduction to the opinion and links to the dismissal and summary affirmances.

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