Opinions

Opinions & Orders – May 20, 2022

This morning the Federal Circuit released three precedential opinions. The first comes in a patent case appealed from the Southern District of New York; the second comes in another patent case appealed from the Eastern District of Texas; and the third comes in a vaccine case appealed from the Court of Federal Claims. Notably, in the third case, Judge Bryson dissented. The Federal Circuit also released a nonprecedential order in a veterans case appealed from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Here are the introductions to the opinions and text from the order.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – April 11, 2022

This morning the Federal Circuit released a precedential opinion in a patent case appealed from the District of Minnesota addressing numerous issues concerning validity and infringement. The Federal Circuit also released four nonprecedential opinions in patent, tax, and employment cases. Notably, in a patent case appealed from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Judge Newman wrote a dissenting opinion. Finally, the court issued six Rule 36 judgments. Here are the introductions to the opinions and links to the Rule 36 judgments.

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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, which began this week, the Court still has not granted any petitions in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. Since our last update, however, two new petitions have been filed with the Court: one in a veterans case and one filed by a pro se petitioner. As for previously filed petitions, one brief in opposition and two waivers of right to respond were filed. Finally, the Court denied 22 petitions following its first conference of the new term. 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. Last week the Supreme Court completed its October 2020 term, with all cases from the term decided. As for the Court’s October 2021 term, currently the Court has not granted any petitions in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. That said, many petitions are still pending. And, you may recall, the Court previously requested the views of the Solicitor General in American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. v. Neapco Holdings LLC, a patent case presenting questions related to eligibility. We are still waiting for the government’s brief in that case. And since our last update, one new petition was filed in a patent case, two respondents submitted waivers of right to respond in a patent case and a pro se case, and a petitioner filed a reply brief in a vaccine case. 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. The last week has been a busy one. As for granted cases, this week the Court decided United States v. Arthrex, Inc., agreeing with the Federal Circuit that the America Invents Act created an Appointments Clause violation with respect to the appointment and supervision of Administrative Patent Judges in inter partes review proceedings. As for petition cases:

  • three new petitions were filed in patent law, Tucker Act, and pro se cases;
  • two respondents filed briefs in opposition in vaccine and government contract cases;
  • a respondent filed a brief in support of a petition in a patent case;
  • a reply brief was submitted in supported of a petition in a patent case;
  • the government filed waivers of right to respond in a tax case and a pro se case;
  • a petitioner in a patent case filed a motion to dismiss; and
  • the Court dismissed thirteen petitions.

Here are the details.

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Opinions

Opinions and Orders – June 15, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit issued a nonprecedential opinion in a vaccine case appealed from the United States Court of Federal Claims, a Rule 36 judgment, and an erratum. Here is the introduction to the opinion and links to the Rule 36 judgment and the erratum.

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News

Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics through April 30, 2021 – In an article posted to the National Law Review, Daniel Klodowski and Elliot Cook reported on statistics related to the Federal Circuit’s resolution of appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Partial Victory for L’Oreal In Hair Coloring Fight – Jillian Ambrose and Christine Hawes posted to CrowellTradeSecretsTrends.com about a recent opinion by the Federal Circuit in a trade secrets battle between Olaplex, Inc. and L’Oreal.

Vaccine Injury Victim Gets Pay, Despite Medical Records Silence – Mary Anne Pazanowski explained how a Vaccine Act claimant was awarded compensation after the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision.

Here is the latest.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – May 20, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion reversing a judgment of the United States Court of Federal Claims in a vaccine case. The court also issued two nonprecedential opinions, one in a veterans case and one in a patent case. 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.

Three new petitions were filed in Dupuch-Carron v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Optimum Services, Inc. v. Secretary of the Interior, and Sasso v. Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc. A new reply was filed in Sandoz Inc. v. Immunex Corp. and Merit Medical Systems, Inc. v. Khan.

Here are the details.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – March 24, 2021

This morning, the Federal Circuit issued a nonprecedential opinion in a vaccine case affirming the denial for a petition of compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The court also issued a nonprecedential opinion in a patent case appealed from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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