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  • FedCirBlog has daily updates on dispositive or otherwise substantive IP rulings issued by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.    *** IP rulings only ***

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    (link to today's update of Fed. Cir.'s Weekly Disposition Sheet)

    U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc. v. Ecore Int'l, Inc. (05/08/2013 – Nonprecedential)
    Appeal from C.D.Cal. 09-cv-9516 (Otero, J.)
    —» AFFIRMED per Fed. Cir. R. 36 (no comments)

    Global Comm'ns, Inc. v. PDI Comm'ns, Inc. (05/08/2013 – Nonprecedential)
    Appeal from N.D.Fla. 11-cv-0541 (Hinkle, J.)
    —» AFFIRMED per Fed. Cir. R. 36 (no comments)

    Uship Intellectual Properties v. U.S. (05/08/2013 – PRECEDENTIAL)
    Appeal from CFC 08-cv-537 (Braden, J.)
    —» AFFIRMED (only machine, not a human, can perform 'validating' step: disclaimer of broader scope made in response to restriction req'ment)

    Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc. (05/08/2013 – Nonprecedential)
    Appeal from S.D.Tx. 10-cv-1362 (Hughes, J.)
    —» AFFIRMED per Fed. Cir. R. 36 (no comments)

    Baron Services, Inc. v. Media Weather Innovations LLC (05/07/2013 – PRECEDENTIAL)
    Appeal from N.D.Ala. 11-cv-1606 (Johnson, J.)
    —» VACATED (FRCP 56(d): N.D.Ala. should NOT 'have refused Baron's request to delay ruling on [S.J./non-infrgmnt] until Baron had [opp.] to access ... source code and depose [SJ affiants]'), REMANDED

    List of IP/Patent Cases
    Global Comm'ns, Inc. v. PDI Comm'ns, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1619 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: May 8, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Appeal from N.D.Fla. 11-cv-0541 (Hinkle, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED per Fed. Cir. R. 36 (no comments)
    Judge(s): PER CURIAM (Rader, Reyna, Taranto)
    Lower decision citation: _, _ ()



    U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc. v. Ecore Int'l, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1166 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: May 8, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Appeal from C.D.Cal. 09-cv-9516 (Otero, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED per Fed. Cir. R. 36 (no comments)
    Judge(s): PER CURIAM (Rader, Reyna, Taranto)
    Lower decision citation: _, _ ()



    Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1684 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: May 8, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Appeal from S.D.Tx. 10-cv-1362 (Hughes, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED per Fed. Cir. R. 36 (no comments)
    Judge(s): PER CURIAM (Prost, Reyna, Wallach)
    Lower decision citation: _, _ ()



    Uship Intellectual Properties v. U.S.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-5077 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: May 8, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from CFC 08-cv-537 (Braden, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED (only machine, not a human, can perform 'validating' step: disclaimer of broader scope made in response to restriction req'ment)
    Judge(s): MOORE (author), DYK, BRYSON
    Lower decision citation: Uship Intellectual Props., LLC v. United States, 98 Fed. Cl. 396 ()



    Baron Services, Inc. v. Media Weather Innovations LLC
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1285, -1443 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: May 7, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from N.D.Ala. 11-cv-1606 (Johnson, J.)
    Summary: VACATED (FRCP 56(d): N.D.Ala. should NOT 'have refused Baron's request to delay ruling on [S.J./non-infrgmnt] until Baron had [opp.] to access ... source code and depose [SJ affiants]'), REMANDED
    Judge(s): PROST (author, DYK, REYNA (dissenting)
    Lower decision citation: __, __ (February 1, 2012)



    Allergan, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2011-1619, -20, -35, -39 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: May 1, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeals from E.D.Tx. 09-cv-0097 (Ward, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED-in-part (clm. constr. right; defs. failed to prove '149 pat. clm. 4 is obvious), REVERSED-in-part (E.D.Tx. erred in finding '463 clms. not invalid as obvious)
    Judge(s): PROST (author), O'MALLEY, DYK (concurring-in-part, dissenting-in-part)
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Versata Software, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1029 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: May 1, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from E.D.Tx. 07-cv-0153 (Everingham, M.J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED-in-part (jury's infringement verdict & dmgs award), VACATED-in-part (perm. inj. as overbroad), REMANDED-in-part
    Judge(s): RADER (author), PROST, MOORE
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Shimano, Inc. v. Rea
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1286, -1294 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 29, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Appeal from PTO BPAI Inter Partes Reexam 95/001,051
    Summary: AFFIRMED (antecedent basis clm. constr.; dep. clm. broadened in re-exam invalid for lack of written description)
    Judge(s): BRYSON (author), NEWMAN, DYK
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Aevoe Corp. v. AE Tech Co., Ltd.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2013-1149 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 26, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Mot./Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction from D.Nev. 12-cv-0053 (Navarro, J.)
    Summary: GRANTED (no pendent jurisdiction over award ruling, even tho appeal of the underlying prelim. inj. ruling is presently pending)
    Judge(s): RADER (author), DYK, WALLACH
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Max Impact, LLC v. Sherwood Group, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2013-1120 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 26, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Mot./Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction (premature) from S.D.N.Y. 09-cv-0902 (McKenna, J.)
    Summary: GRANTED ('the district court has not certified a judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b)')
    Judge(s): RADER (author), DYK, WALLACH
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Jodi Schwendimann v. Arkwright Adv. Coating, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2013-M143 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 26, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Pet./Permission to Appeal per 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) from D.Minn. 11-cv-0820 (Montgomery, J.)
    Summary: DENIED (assignment of diff. app. altered by lawyer for new app., BUT never re-signed, still valid under Minn. contract law: D.Minn. granted cert. of interlocutory appeal on this issue)
    Judge(s): RADER (author), Dyk, Wallach
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1289 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: April 26, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from S.D.N.Y. 10-cv-7722 (Hellerstein, J.)
    Summary: REVERSED ('inherent parameters sufficient for a skilled artisan to understand the bounds of 'spaced relationship',' thus NOT indefinite), REMANDED
    Judge(s): WALLACH (author), NEWMAN, SCHALL (concurring)
    Lower decision citation: Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc., __ (February 22, 2012)



    CEATS, Inc. v. Continental Airlines, Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1614 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 26, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Appeal from E.D.Tx. 10-cv-0120 (Davis, C.J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED (contemporaneous eyewitnesses corroborated functionality of prior art invalidating asserted patents)
    Judge(s): RADER (author), PROST, SCHALL (dissenting-in-part, concurring-in-part)
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    In re Broadcom
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2013-M141 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 23, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Pet. for Writ/Mandamus to Transfer Case to S.D.N.Y. or N.D.Cal. from E.D.Tx. 11-cv-0139 (Davis, J.)
    Summary: DENIED (under the minority 5th Cir, forum selection clause analyzed under 1404(a), not 1406(a), and, under 1404(a), denial of transfer OK)
    Judge(s): MOORE (author), PROST, O'MALLEY
    Lower decision citation: Azure Networks, LLC v. CSR PLC, ___ (June 25, 2012)



    Aspex Eyewear, Inc. v. Zenni Optical Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1318 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: April 19, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from S.D.Fla. 09-cv-61468 (Zloch, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED (based on earlier litigation, collateral estoppel barred suit)
    Judge(s): NEWMAN (author), PROST, REYNA
    Lower decision citation: Aspex Eyewear, Inc. v. Zenni Optical, LLC, __ (March 30, 2012)



    Lazare Kaplan Int'l, Inc. v. Photoscribe Techs., Inc.
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1247 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: April 19, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from S.D.N.Y. 06-cv-4005 (Griesa, J.)
    Summary: REVERSED-in-part (S.D.N.Y. should not have re-opened invalidity on remand), VACATED-in-part (S.D.N.Y.'s finding of invalidity on remand), REMANDED (to reinstate validity)
    Judge(s): LOURIE (author), REYNA, DYK (dissenting)
    Lower decision citation: Lazare Kaplan Int’l, Inc. v. Photoscribe Techs., Inc., 2012 WL 505742 (February 15, 2012)



    K-Tech v. Time Warner Cable
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1425, -46 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: April 18, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeals from C.D.Cal. 11-cv-9370, -73 (Klausner, J.)
    Summary: REVERSED ('K-Tech's amended complaints ... satisfy' the pleading stds set by Form 18, which controls here), REMANDED
    Judge(s): O'MALLEY (author), MOORE, WALLACH (concurring)
    Lower decision citation: K Tech Telecommunications, Inc. v. Time Warner Cable, Inc, ___ (March 9, 2012)



    Speedtrack v. Walmart.com USA
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1319, -1402 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 16, 2013 | Status: Nonprec. Errata
    Type: n/a from n/a
    Summary: Page 1, add docket number "2012-1402"
    Judge(s): n/a
    Lower decision citation: n/a, n/a ()



    Biogen Idec v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1120 – Citation: ___ F.3d ___
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    Decided: April 16, 2013 | Status: PRECEDENTIAL
    Type: Appeal from S.D.Cal. 10-cv-0608 (Benitez, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED (S.D.Cal. 'did not err in finding a clear and unmistakable disclaimer')
    Judge(s): REYNA (author), DYK, PLAGER (dissenting)
    Lower decision citation: Biogen Idec, Inc. v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120043 (October 17, 2011)



    Speedtrack v. Walmart.com USA
    (the case name above is a LINK to the Fed.Cir. slip opinion)
    Fed.Cir. Docket No(s). 2012-1319 – Citation: n/a
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    Decided: April 16, 2013 | Status: Nonprecedential
    Type: Appeal from N.D.Cal. 06-cv-7336 (Hamilton, J.)
    Summary: AFFIRMED (SJ/non-infrgmnt + SJ/validity; decision denying leave to amend contentions)
    Judge(s): WALLACH (author), DYK, MOORE
    Lower decision citation: Speedtrack, Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2012 WL 581338 (February 22, 2012)