December 12, 2016

Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending November 25, 2016

Unwired Planet, L.L.C. v. Google Inc., Case No. 2015-1812 (November 21, 2016) (precedential) (3-0) Patent No. 7,203,752

Key point(s):

  • Covered business method (CBM) patents have claims directed to methods or apparatuses “in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service,” rather than any claims to a method or apparatus whose practice could involve a potential sale of a good or service.

Unwired Planet, L.L.C. v. Google Inc., Case No. 2015-1966 (November 21, 2016) (nonprecedential) (3-0) Patent Nos. 6,662,016, 6,895,240, and 6,684,087

Key point(s):

  • No factual findings requiring deference under Teva are made where a conflict of evidence is recognized but not resolved.
  • Limitations in the preamble of a claim have patentable weight when they provide an antecedent basis, are essential to understand a term in the claim’s body, and recite particular structure or steps highlighted as important by the specification.
  • Inventor testimony is not relevant to the issue of claim construction.

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