Category Archives: Negative Limitations

Rehearing reverses prior FC panel decision, concluding instead that negative limitation not described by specification, reverses DC finding of no invalidity

Novartis Pharm. Corp. v. Accord Healthcare, et al. and HEC Pharm Co., Ltd. et al. Docket No. 2021-1070 (https://cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders/21-1070.OPINION.1-3-2022_1887614.pdf) Original Panel:  MOORE (D), LINN, O’MALLEY (January 3, 2022) Rehearing Panel:  MOORE, LINN (D), HUGHES (June 21, 2022) Update (June 21, … Continue reading

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Board IPR obviousness finding affirmed (e.g., “overlapping ranges”, negative limitation need not be disclosed by prior art)

Almirall, LLC v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. (USPTO as Intervenor) Docket No. 2020-2331 (IPR2019-00207, -01095 (https://cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders/20-2331.OPINION.3-14-2022_1920940.pdf) LOURIE, CHEN, CUNNINGHAM March 14, 2022 Brief Summary:  Board IPR FWD finding Almirall’s method of treatment claims obvious affirmed (e.g., “overlapping ranges”, negative … Continue reading

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FC panel finds negative limitation sufficiently described, affirms DC finding of no invalidity

Novartis Pharm. Corp. v. Accord Healthcare, et al. and HEC Pharm Co., Ltd. et al. Docket No. 2021-1070 (https://cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders/21-1070.OPINION.1-3-2022_1887614.pdf) MOORE (D), LINN, O’MALLEY January 3, 2022 Brief Summary:  DC finding Novartis patent not invalid for lack of written description of … Continue reading

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Board IPR decision vacated and remanded for erroneous claim construction; negative limitation not disclosed by prior art.

WAG Acquisition, LLC v. WebPower, Inc. et al. Docket No. 2018-1617 (IPR2016-01238) NEWMAN, CHEN, STOLL August 26, 2019 Non-precedential Brief Summary: Board IPR decision finding WAG’s claims invalid for anticipation reversed due to erroneous claim construction (e.g., the definition “comes … Continue reading

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AC Technologies S.A. v. Amazon.com et al.

Docket No. 2018-1433 (IPR2015-01802) MOORE, SCHALL, STOLL January 9, 2019 Brief summary: Board’s reconsideration after FWD found not to violate AC’s due process since Board was obligated to consider all grounds and AC had an opportunity to respond. Summary: AC … Continue reading

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Hospira, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc.

Case IPR2017-00731 (U.S. Pat. No. 7,846,441 B1) Decision Granting Request for Rehearing October 26, 2017 Brief summary: Petition for Rehearing granted as prior decision lacked of construction of the limitation “in the absence of an anthracycline derivative” which the Board … Continue reading

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LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corporation

Docket No. 2015-1549 PROST, REYNA, CHEN September 16, 2016 Brief Summary: DC decision denying LifeCell’s motion for a new trail and JMOL following jury finding of infringement and no invalidity affirmed (based on DC’s claim construction). Summary: LifeCell appealed from … Continue reading

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Nike, Inc. v. Adidas AG

Docket No. 2014-1719 (IPR2013-00067) CHEN, MAYER, STOLL February 11, 2016 Brief Summary: Board decision denying Nike’s motion to amend claims affirmed because it “failed to meet its burden of establishing patentability of substitute claims 47-50”; obviousness decision vacated since “Board … Continue reading

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Inphi Corporation v. Netlist, Inc.

Docket Nos. 2015-1179 O’MALLEY, REYNA, CHEN November 13, 2015 Brief Summary:  PTO finding that negative limitation supported by specification lacking explicit disclaimer affirmed, although “in all cases, a patentee may [not] arbitrarily dissect its invention by amending the claims in … Continue reading

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