March 22, 2006

I will periodically post case citations from the Federal Circuit along with the date of the opinion/order and a brief list of the legal topics discussed therein (specifically those with additional embedded case law citations). This posting covers the fifteenth through the twentieth patent cases that were appealed from the district court level and decided by the Federal Circuit in 2006.

Lacavera v. Dudas (02/06/2006): regulation of attorney practice before the USPTO, visa restrictions

Digital Control v. The Charles Machine Works (also known as DitchWitch) (02/08/2006):inequitable conduct, standard of review of related summary judgment decision, material misstatements and omissions during prosecution, intentional and affirmative misstatements

Hazelquist v. Guchi Moochie Tackle Co. (02/09/2006): patent infringement & discharge in bankruptcy

Golden Blount, Inc. v. Robert H. Peterson, Co. (02/15/2006): finding of infringement via circumstantial evidence, non-infringing configurations, intent element & reliance on counsel, willful infringement (and standard of appellate review), damage determinations (and standard of appellate review), attorney's fees

Ferring B.V., et al. v. Barr Laboratories, Inc. (02/15/2006): inequitable conduct (materiality and intent), conclusory statements and attorney's arguments relative to summary judgment motions

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control, Corp. v. Velan, Inc. (02/15/2006): preliminary injunctions (and standard of appellate review), claim construction/differentiation, independent and dependent claims and relative scopes


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