To the extent that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board did not provide an explanation for its obviousness rejection of 13 claims of a Securus patent on a system and method for reviewing monitored conversations and identifying items of interest, the ruling was vacated and remanded by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…

A federal district court erred in ruling that 34 claims of a patent on a system and method of using a graphical indicator were invalid as indefinite, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled. Because a skilled artisan would understand, with reasonable certainty, the meaning of the term “visually negligible,” and…

A federal district court did not err in finding that a “cow monitoring system” developed by Netherlands-based Agis Automatisering did not infringe the “rumination” and “estrus” patents held by VocalTag Ltd. and SCR Engineering Ltd., respectively, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled. The district court’s grant of summary judgment to…

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board did not err in affirming a patent examiner’s rejection of three claims of an IPCom patent on a system for allowing access rights to cell phone channels, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled. Because all three claims were anticipated by the GSM 04.60 Specifications,…

A federal trial court erroneously concluded that patent defendant Suunto Oy lacked minimum contacts with the State of Delaware to support the assertion of specific personal jurisdiction in a patent infringement suit filed by Polar Electro Oy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled. The judgment of the district court was…

Masaba Inc. did not infringe five Superior Industries patents that disclosed a conveyor system for drive-over truck dumps and a braced, telescoping support strut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled (Superior Industries, Inc. v. Masaba, Inc., June 2, 2016, Hughes, T.). Because the district court correctly construed the claim terms…

Substantial evidence supported the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s finding that a skilled artisan would have been motivated to combine three prior art references to obtain methods for using a smart phone to control other devices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled (In re Rhoads, May 4, 2016, Clevenger, R.)….

A federal district court did not err in finding that Genius Electronic Optical, a supplier of camera lenses for Apple’s iPhone and iPad products, did not induce the infringement of five camera-lens patents held by Largan Precision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled (Largan Precision Co., Ltd. v. Genius Electronic…

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board did not err in affirming a patent examiner’s obviousness rejection of 23 claims of a Hubbell patent titled “Convertible electrical device cover and method for installing same,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled (In re Hubbell Inc., April 7, 2016, per curiam). The court…

In a patent infringement suit that Unwired Planet brought against Apple and Research in Motion—for the infringement of three patents on a data communications network that included communications between a mobile device and a network server—a federal district court properly construed the claim term “mobile device” as “a portable wireless two-way communication device that does…