March 22, 2013

Federal Circuit Decisions for Week Ending March 15, 2013

SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc. No.  (2011-1191) (March 13, 2013) (precedential) Patent Nos. 7,072,190; 7,272,021; 7,564,702; 7,558,083; and 7,269,034

Key points:

  • A claim construction should not prevent the claims from encompassing the preferred embodiment.
  • A court may award supplemental damages without a jury trial.

Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. v. International Game Technology, No. 2010-1426 (March 13, 2013) (precedential) Patent Nos. 7,056,215 and 7,108,603

Key points:

  • A claim construction may not render an element of a claim superfluous.
  • A single party is not liable for direct infringement of method claims If no single party has committed all the required acts.

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