January 4, 2016

Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending December 25, 2015

Edge Systems v. Rafael Newton Aguila, No. 2015-1507 (December 21, 2015) (Non-Precedential) Patent No. 6,299,620

Key point(s):

  • Failure to raise an issue before a lower court waives the right to argue the issue on appeal.
  • Reversal of the grant of a preliminary injunction requires a showing of abuse of discretion by the trial court.

Personalized Media Communications v. Rovi Guides, No. 2014-1825 (December 22, 2015) (Non-Precedential)
Patent Nos. 4,965,825; 5,109,414; 5,233,654; 5,335,277; 5,887,243

Key point(s):

  • If an ambiguity exists in a license agreement, the trial court must take into account extrinsic evidence to resolve the ambiguity. 

In Re Tam, No. 2014-1203 (December 22, 2015) ( en banc) (9-3)

Key point(s):

  • Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, barring the PTO from registering scandalous, immoral, or disparaging marks, is unconstitutional in view of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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