March 18, 2015

Federal Circuit Court Decisions for Week Ending March 13, 2015

In re Singhal, No. 2014-1704, March 10, 2015 (nonprecedential); U.S. Patent Application 11/497/047

Key point(s):

  • The scope of the field of endeavor is a factual determination based on the scope of the application’s written description and claims. The scope is not based on the inventor’s subjective intent or knowledge at the time of the invention.

Eidos Display, LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 2014-1254, March 10, 2015 (precedential)(3-0); Patent No. 5,879,958

Key point(s):

  • Determining how a person of ordinary skill in the art would understand a limitation is different from rewriting the limitation.

Vicor Corp. v. SynQor, Inc., No. 2014-1578, March 13, 2015 (nonprecedential); Patent Nos.7,072,190 and 5,274,539

Key point(s):

  • Teaching away is not relevant to an anticipation analysis.
  • Whether the host document describes with sufficient particularity is determined from the pointof view of a person of reasonable skill in the art.

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