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 transfers of cases and the ability of a Federal Circuit panel to nullify or render advisory an earlier judgment of the court. The court also received a response to a petition raising questions related to means-plus-function limitations. Here are the details.
This morning the Federal Circuit released a nonprecedential opinion in a patent case appealed from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Notably, Judge Newman dissented. The Federal Circuit also released a nonprecedential order granting petitions to order the Eastern District of Texas to transfer three consolidated cases to the Northern District of California. Here is the introduction to the opinion and text from the order.