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Billups-Rothenberg – Another Biotech Patent Invalid for Lack of Written Description

In Billups-Rothenberg, Inc. v.  Assoc’d Regional Univ. Pathologists, Inc., No. 2010-1401 (Fed. Cir. 4/29/2011), U.S. Patent Nos. 5,674,681 (the ’681 patent) and 6,355,425 (the ’425 patent) describe genetic tests for Type I hereditary hemochromatosis, an iron disorder characterized by excessive iron absorption by the body. The defective gene in hemochromatosis is the High Fe (“HFE”) gene. The […]

Defective Chain of Priority Results in Holding of Anticipation

Encyclopaedia Britannica v. Alpine Electronics of America, No. 2009-1544 (Fed. Cir. 6/18/2010).  Encylopedia Britannica (EB) owns the ‘018 and ‘437 patents, pertaining to multimedia database search system for retrieving textual and graphical information.  EB sued defendants Alpine Electronics and several others alleging infringement of these two patents. The defendants argued that the patents were invalid […]

Vizio, Inc. v. ITC

No. 2009-1386 (Fed. Cir. 5/26/2010).  Funai owns the ‘974 patent that improves “channel latency,” a delay in digital TV decoders while data is received. Funai brought an action at the ITC alleging that defendants imported infringing TV’s.  The ITC concluded that certain claims of the ‘974 patent were valid and enforceable, and infringed by defendants. […]