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…

A district court properly denied a plaintiff attorney fees after it had accepted an offer of judgment to settle claims for damages and equitable relief, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City has held (Steiner v. Lewmar, Inc., March 7, 2016, Chin, D.). An award of costs was proper. A full summary of…

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…

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided not to grant requests for and en banc rehearing of an earlier panel decision holding that the International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “Commission”) lacks the authority to prevent the importation of infringing electronic files into the United States (ClearCorrect Operating, LLC v. International Trade…

by Andrew Bowler Friday 1st April was the final day of the Fordham conference. This short report summarises one of the more interesting patent-focused sessions which dealt with second medical use issues. Brian Cordery from Bristows set the scene. He briefly referred to some of the recent European decisions on Swiss-type claims, particularly the pregabalin…

A patent application was properly denied on the basis that it covered the abstract idea of rules for playing a wagering game and used conventional steps of shuffling and dealing a standard deck of cards, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (In re Ray Smith and Amanda Tears Smith, March…

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed an appeal of a district court’s motions to compel arbitration and stay proceedings (Let’s Go Aero, Inc. v. Cequent Performance Products, Inc., March 3, 2016, Taranto, R.). A ruling on arbitrability would be advisory as to the district court’s order. A full summary of this…

Factual findings did not support a district court’s conclusion that a former analyst for two financial services companies intended to cause a loss of $12 million when he unlawfully copied proprietary computer files and used the data to conduct computerized stock market trades for himself. A 36-month prison sentence based on the erroneous intended loss…

Infringement claims against cell phone carrier T-Mobile and its vendors, Nokia and Ericsson, concerning four patents for cell phone infrastructure equipment were properly barred by the doctrine of patent exhaustion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held. The lower court’s order granting the defendants’ motion for summary judgment was therefore affirmed…