Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending May 31, 2019
Lone Star v. Nanya Technology Corp., No. 2018-1581 (May 30, 2019)(precedential 3-0) (Patent No. 5,872,038; 6,097,061; 6,103,611; 6,326,231; and 6,388,330)
- A party’s ability to sue in its own name turns on whether an agreement transferred all substantial rights to the patents to the party.
- 35 U.S.C. § 281 does not implicate a court’s subject matter jurisdiction, but rather places restrictions on who may obtain relief for patent infringement.
- Before dismissing a case for failure to join a necessary party, a district court must consider whether the necessary party could have been joined under Fed. R. Civ. P. 19.
Cobalt Boats v. Brunswick Corp., No. 2018-1376 (May 31, 2019) (nonprecedential), (Patent No. 8,375,880)
- Where a precise value is included in the claim without a term such as “about,” the claim language is interpreted as imposing a strict numerical boundary.
- Prosecution history estoppel restricts how broadly a claim extends under the doctrine of equivalents.