December 26, 2019

Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending December 13, 2019

Bank v. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Inc., No. 2019-1880 (Dec. 9, 2019) (nonprecedential); Trademark Reg. No. 2,007,624

Key point:

  • A party must have a real interest and a reasonable basis for a belief of damage in order to have standing in a trademark cancellation proceeding.

In re Greenstein, No. 2019-1520_(Dec. 10, 2019) (nonprecedential); Patent Application No. 14/088,593

Key point:

  • The complexity of a financial management system has no bearing on whether claims directed to the system are patent-eligible under § 101.

Techtronic Indus. Co. v. ITC, No. 2018-2191_(Dec. 12, 2019) (precedential) (3-0); Patent No. 7,161,319

Key point:

  • Where a patent specification describes a feature of the only embodiment as the critical and inventive feature, the feature may be required by the claims even in the absence of corresponding claim language under the doctrine of specification disavowal.

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