CAFC looks to complete disclosure of patent at issue and its related patents to counter patent owner’s arguments based on cherry-picking.

Linda Shapiro | February 8, 2018

Paice LLC v. Ford Motor Company

February 1, 2018

Before Lourie, O’Malley, and Taranto.  Opinion by O’Malley


Due to error in the PTAB’s interpretation of incorporation by reference, the CAFC vacated the PTAB’s obviousness determination with respect to claims that relied on the incorporation by reference for their written description, and found substantial evidence to affirm the PTAB’s findings of obviousness of all other claims.

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The USPTO cannot refuse registration of immoral or scandalous marks

Kumiko Ide | January 31, 2018

In re Erik Brunetti

December 15, 2017

Before: Dyk, Moore, Stoll.  Opinion by Moore; Concurring opinion by Dyk


The §2(a) bar on registration of immoral or scandalous marks violates First Amendment.  While the CAFC opinion finds the use of immoral or scandalous marks in commerce to be discomforting, the First Amendment protects private expressions, including those that may be offensive.  In this instance, the government does not have substantial interest that would justify its suppression of immoral or scandalous trademarks.

Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017)において、ランハム法第2(a)条に基づき、最高裁が誹謗的(disparagement)な商標を拒絶することは憲法違反であると判断したのと同様に、米国特許商標庁が、ランハム法第2(a)条に基づき、不道徳的又は中傷的(immoral or scandalous)な商標を拒絶することは、憲法修正第1条違反であるとCAFCは判決を下した。

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Another “key” decision on joint/divided infringement

Nicolas Seckel | January 16, 2018

Travel Sentry, Inc. v. Tropp (Precedential)

December 19, 2017

Before Lourie, O’Malley and Taranto.  Opinion by O’Malley.


Recent developments in the joint/divided infringement case law allow David Tropp to revive his patent infringement lawsuit against Travel Sentry and various other luggage manufacturers. Tropp’s patents claim a method for luggage inspection, where the luggage manufacturer supplies special locks on luggage and a master key, and TSA uses the master key to inspect the luggage.

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The Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Must Be Consistent with the Specification

Stephen G. Adrian | December 7, 2017

Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V., Appellant v. Honeywell International Inc., Appellee

November 17, 2017

Before Prost, Dyk and Chen. Opinion by Prost


This non-precedential opinion provides an important reminder that the broadest reasonable interpretation does not mean the broadest possible interpretation. The decision also highlights (indirectly through the decisions on appeal rendered by the PTAB) that a limitation contained in the preamble can carry weight. In unpredictable arts, an Examiner’s assertion of inherency may not necessarily shift the burden of proof to show otherwise.

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