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A Tale of Two Printed Publications

| November 8, 2018

GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holding LLC; 

November 1, 2018

Before Reyna, Wallach, and Hughes. Opinion by Lourie.


Acceleration Bay LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc.

November 6, 2018

Before Prost, Moore, and Reyna.  Opinion by Moore.


It was a flexible standard. It was a narrow standard. It was a sales catalog at a trade show that those of ordinary skill in the relevant art may not have attended. It was a technical report uploaded to a university subject matter-specific library website. The Federal Circuit determined that the sales catalog was a prior art “printed publications” within the scope of 35 U.S.C. 102, but not the technical report.

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A catalog disclosed at an event not open to the public may still be considered a prior art under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b)

| August 8, 2018

GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holding LLC

 July 27, 2018

Before Reyna, Wallach, and Hughes.  Opinion by Reyna.


The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the CAFC) found a catalog distributed during a trade show targeting dealers as opposed to the public can still be considered a printed publication under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b).  The CAFC stated that the dealers encompassed the relevant audience such that a person ordinarily skilled and interested in the art exercising reasonable diligence should have been aware of the show.  Additionally, there were no restrictions placed on the dissemination of the publication, and the catalog was intended to reach the general public.  The CAFC therefore vacated the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision and remanded for the Board to consider the merits of the petitioner’s obviousness claims.

連邦巡回控訴裁判所(CAFC)は、販売業者のみが参加可能な展示会で配布されたカタログでも、先行技術文献となると判決した。展示会は、一般に向けたものではなかったものの、販売業者は、当該技術関連者(relevant audience)に含まれ、合理的なデリジェンスの下、当業者や当該技術に関心がある者は、その展示会について知り得たであろうと判示した。また、カタログには配布制限が設けられていなかったため、一般に配布されることを意図した物であったと示した。よって、CAFCは、特許審判部の判断を破棄し、カタログが先行技術文献であるとした上で、自明性について検討するように、審判部に本件を差し戻した。

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