Opinions

Opinions & Orders – February 20, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released four nonprecedential opinions and two nonprecedential orders. Two of the opinions dismiss appeals from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for lack of jurisdiction. The other two opinions address appeals from final written decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which found certain patent claims unpatentable. The two orders deny petitions for writs of mandamus. Here are the introductions to the opinions and selected text from the orders.

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Opinions & Orders – February 15, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released three precedential opinions and one nonprecedential opinion. One of the precedential opinions addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Court of Federal Claims, which dismissed a claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Another precedential opinion addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which denied a petition for cancellation of mark’s registration. The third precedential opinion vacates and remands a judgment of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims due to impermissible fact finding. The nonprecedential opinion reverses and remands a grant of summary judgment of noninfringment by a district court in a patent case. Here are the introductions to the opinions.  

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Opinions & Orders – February 14, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit release two nonprecedential opinions. One opinion addresses a pro se appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The other opinion, which includes a concurrence-in-part and dissent-in-part from Judge Schall, addresses an appeal from a district court’s final judgment of invalidity with respect to the definiteness of certain patent claims. Here are the introductions to the opinions.  

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Opinions & Orders – February 13, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one precedential opinion, one nonprecedential opinion, and three Rule 36 summary affirmances. The precedential opinion addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which affirmed an examiner’s refusal to register a mark for failure to comply with the domicile address requirement. The nonprecedential opinion dismisses an appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the summary affirmances.

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Opinions & Orders – February 12, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one precedential opinion, one nonprecedential opinion, one nonprecedential order, and two Rule 36 summary affirmances. The precedential opinion, which drew a dissent from Judge Reyna, addresses the application of the Barring Act to the settlement of Combat-Related Special Compensation claims. The nonprecedential opinion addresses a pro se appeal from a district court judgment in a patent case. The nonprecedential order dismisses an appeal. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the dismissal and summary affirmances.

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Opinions & Orders – February 9, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released two precedential opinions, four nonprecedential opinions, and two Rule 36 summary affirmances. One of the precedential opinions addresses an appeal from a final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in a post-grant review, which held certain claims unpatentable as obvious or lacking written description. The other precedential opinion addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Court of Federal Claims and addresses an assertion by the government of a right to practice a patent and have a patent practiced on its behalf under a provision of a Bayh-Dole Act. Two of the nonprecedential opinions address jurisdiction, one affirms the rejection of proposed patent claims for being directed to patent-ineligible subject matter, and one affirms the dismissal of a complaint due to the claims being timebarred. Late yesterday, the Federal Circuit also released five nonprecedential orders dismissing appeals. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the dismissals and summary affirmances.

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Opinions & Orders – February 8, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released one precedential opinion and one nonprecedential opinion. The precedential opinion addresses an appeal from two final written decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Federal Circuit ultimately reversed, vacated, and remanded portions of the Board’s decisions. The nonprecedential opinion addresses an appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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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, there is no new activity to report since our last update. While no new petitions were filed with the Court, two waivers of right to respond were filed in a patent case addressing the non-obviousness requirement and four amicus briefs were filed in a veterans case regarding the benefit-of-the-doubt rule. Here are the details.

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Opinions & Orders – February 6, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released five nonprecedential orders dismissing appeals. Late yesterday, the Federal Circuit also released an additional order dismissing an appeal. Here are the links to the orders.

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Opinions & Orders – February 5, 2024

This morning, the Federal Circuit released two nonprecedential opinions and six nonprecedential orders. The first opinion addresses a challenge to a district court’s construction of certain claim terms in a patent case. The second dismisses for lack of jurisdiction an appeal from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Two orders transfer appeals (one to a district court and another to an appellate court), one denies a petition for a writ of mandamus, two dismiss appeals, and one grants a summary affirmance. Here are the introductions to the opinions, selected text from the transfer and denial orders, and links to the dismissals and summary affirmance.

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