Patent Claims Indefinite: No Structure Supports Recited Software Means

The Federal Circuit has held patent claims indefinite under 35 U.S.C. § 112 where the claims recited “means for processing,” but the patent specification failed to disclose any structure that performed the recited means. Eplus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Nos. 2011-1396, -1456, -1554 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2012). This case continues a line of Section […]

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Medical Screening Method Claims Invalid, Federal Circuit Says

Patent claims directed to a method for using screening markers to determine the risk of Down’s syndrome are invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Federal Circuit has held. In Perkinelmer, Inc. v. Intema Ltd., No. 2011-1577 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 20, 2012), the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s holding that claims of U.S. Patent […]

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Director Kappos Comments on Software Patents

United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Kappos recently gave a speech about software patents to the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank. Director Kappos squarely addressed the question “should we treat software differently than hardware when it comes to patentability?”  His answer: “No. Absolutely not.” That said, Director Kappos acknowledged software patent […]

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When Must Joint Patent Infringement Be Plead?

After Yahoo argued that the plaintiff should be required to meet the standard for pleading divided, or joint, patent infringement, a Delaware magistrate judge has recommended denying Yahoo’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint for direct patent infringement. Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Yahoo! Inc., No. 11-902-LPS-CJB (D. Del. Nov. 13, 2012). The court believed that […]

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BMC and Muniauction Still Require a Single Actor for Direct Infringement

The Federal Circuit has refused to find direct patent infringement where a single party did not carry out, or at least control, all acts alleged to constitute infringement.  Voter Verified, Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions, Inc., Nos. 2011-1553, 2012-1017, 2011-1559, 2012-1016 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 5, 2012). Perhaps this holding should not be surprising.  However, the […]

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Unindexed Internet Content Can Be a “Printed Publication” under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b)

Unindexed Internet content can be a “printed publication” under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b), the Federal Circuit has held.  Voter Verified, Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions, Inc., Nos. 2011-1553, 2012-1017, 2011-1559, 2012-1016 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 5, 2012). Claim 49 of U.S. Reissue Patent RE40,449 recited “[a] method of voting providing for self-verification of a ballot.” The District Court […]

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Akamai Forces Reconsideration of Summary Judgment of No Induced Infringement

Having previously granted summary judgment of non-infringement on the plaintiff’s induced infringement claim because no one actor practiced the allegedly infringed claims, the court in Civix-DDI, LLC v. Hotels.com, LP, No. 05 C 6869 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 1, 2012), has now granted a request for reconsideration in light of the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision […]

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Patent Complaint Fails Form 18 Pleading Standard

Two different district judges have dismissed the same patent plaintiff’s complaint (with leave to amend) where the complaint failed to identify accused products or link them to patent claims. PB&J Software, LLC v. BackupAgent B.V., No. 4:12CV691 CDP (E.D. Mo. Oct. 15, 2012). The court first explained that, as the Federal Circuit set forth in […]

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Path Cleared for Ninth Circuit to Address Copyright First Sale Doctrine Burdens of Proof

Adobe has been granted partial judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b) in a copyright infringement case so that the Ninth Circuit may determine which party bears the burden of proof when the first sale doctrine is raised as a defense to copyright infringement. Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Christenson, No. 2:10-CV-00422-LRH-GWF (D. Nev. Oct. […]

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Hi-Jacked LinkedIn Account Doesn’t Cause “Loss” Under the CFAA

A plaintiff’s claim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1030(a)(2)(C) and 1030(a)(5)(C), based on her ex-employer’s alleged hi-jacking of her LinkedIn account, has failed to survive the defendant’s motion for summary judgment because the plaintiff failed to show a “loss” under the CFAA.  Eagle v. Morgan, No. 11-4303 (E.D. Pa. Oct. […]

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