January 23, 2019

Spineology, Inc. v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc.


Decided: December 14, 2018

Case Summary

After a defendant wins on summary judgment, must the trial court continue to litigate damages and other undecided issues to determine if the plaintiff must pay its opponen...

January 23, 2019

Converse, Inc. v. International Trade Commission, et al.


Decided: October 30, 2018

Case Summary

Converse is a shoe company that began selling its Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes in 1932. This case concerns Converse's trademark/trade dress rights on the midsole design...

January 23, 2019

GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holding LLC

2017-1894, 2017-1936

Decided: November 1, 2018 (modifying the July 27, 2018 opinion)

Case Summary

More than thirty years ago, the Federal Circuit explained that even relatively obscure documents may qualify as prior art under §102 so l...

October 23, 2018

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc.

2017-2265, 2017-2380

Decided: September 28, 2018

Case Summary

Computer programs include lists of instructions that are written in “program order”—and the instructions are typically executed in that order. In some cases, a...

October 2, 2018

In re: Ron Maatita


Decided: August 20, 2018

Case Summary

Ron Maatita filed a design patent application for an athletic shoe bottom, which the Examiner rejected as indefinite under §112. The Examiner said that although athletic shoe bottoms typically have three-di...

September 10, 2018

Trustees of Boston University v. Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.

2016-2576, 2016-2577, 2016-2578, 2016-2579, 2016-2580,

2016-2581, 2016-2582, 2016-2591, 2016-2592, 2016-2593,

2016-2594, 2016-2595

Decided: July 25, 2018

Case Summary

If a patent claim is construed to c...

September 10, 2018

Power Integrations, Inc. v.

Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. et al.
2016-2691, 2017-1875
Decided: July 3, 2018

Case Summary

Power Integrations sued Fairchild for allegedly infringing US patents 6,212,079 and 6,538,908, which disclose specific types of switchin...

July 30, 2018

Medtronic, Inc. v. Mark A. Barry

2017-1169, 2017-1170

Decided: June 11, 2018

Case Summary

Certain types of spinal surgeries require rigid attachment points to individual vertebrae; to provide these attachment points, specialized screws—called pedicle screws—are typically i...

July 3, 2018

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., et al.


Decided: May 11, 2018

Case Summary

Tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) is an antiviral drug that may be combined with other antiviral drugs to treat AIDS. The FDA has approved at least three produ...

July 3, 2018

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Paragon Bioteck, Inc.


Decided: May 2, 2018

Case Summary

In 2011, Altaire and Paragon entered into an agreement to pursue FDA approval for one of Altaire’s new eye drugs. Under this agreement, Paragon would be responsible for prepa...

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