September 8, 2014

Federal Circuit Decisions for Week Ending August 29, 2014

Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC, No. 2013-1663 (August 26, 2014) (nonprecedential) (3-0) Patent Nos. 6,398,646 and 6,656,045

Key point(s):

  • If a patent’s recitation of a computer amounts to a mere instruction to implement an abstract idea on a computer, that addition cannot impart patent eligibility.

KI Ventures, LLC v. Fry’s Electronics, Inc., No. 2014-1187, (August 28, 2014) (nonprecedential) (3-0), Patent No. 5,569,019

Key point(s):

  • A court cannot impose Rule 11 sanctions for non-compliance with court orders but may be appropriate for a document submitted to a court for an improper purpose.

Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., No. 2013-1400, 1401 (August 29, 2014) (nonprecedential) (3-0) Patent No. 6,521,831

Key point(s):

  • Obviousness is a question of law, reviewed de novo, based on underlying facts, the findings of which are reviewed for substantial evidence.

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