DECISIONS FOR 2005-2009

P =Patent owner prevailed on the issue
I =Accused infringer prevailed on the issue                                                      

For listings of the cases supporting these results, see the postings for the individual years.                                            

Note: These are not case "wins" or "losses." The numbers represent rulings on particular issues. An accused infringer might have to prevail on only one of these points to win a single-patent case, e.g., on-sale bar. The patentee would typically have to prevail on more than one point to win, e.g., absence of anticipation, absence of obviousness, and presence of infringement.

 

Issue Code

Description

Results

 

Validity decisions

 

01

102(a) -- earlier public knowledge or publication

P= 53

9 appellate affirmances

7 appellate reversals

9 trial-based judgments

28 summary judgments

I= 27

8 appellate affirmances

4 appellate reversals

3 trial-based judgments

12 summary judgments

02

102(b) -- time-bar publication or patent

P= 48

9 appellate affrmances

5 appellate reversals

16 trial-based judgments

18 summary judgments

I= 66

19 appellate affirmances

7 appellate reversals

8 trial-based judgments

32 summary judgments

03

102(b) -- public use

P= 30

11 appellate affirmances

4 appellate reversals

7 trial-based judgments

7 summary judgments

I= 17

10 appellate affirmances

7 summary judgments

 

04

102(b) -- on sale

P= 31

7 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

8 trial-based judgments

15 summary judgments

I= 30

13 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

2 trial-based judgments

14 summary judgments

05

102(c) -- abandonment

P= 1

1 summary judgment

I= 3

3 summary judgments

06

102(d) -- prior foreign patenting

P= 1

1 summary judgment

I=

 

07

102(e) -- earlier-filed US patent of another

P= 11

3 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

2 trial-based judgments

4 summary judgments

I= 20

5 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

13 summary judgments

 

08

102(f) -- derived subject matter; wrong inventorship

P= 25

8 appellate affirmances

9 trial-based judgments

8 summary judgments

I= 12

7 trial-based judgments

5 summary judgments

09

102(g) -- prior invention by another (novelty)

P= 9

3 appellate affirmances

2 trial-based judgments

4 summary judgments

I= 6

1 appellate affirmance

5 summary judgments

10

103 -- obviousness

P= 152

35 appellate affirmances

5 appellate reversals

80 trial-based judgments

32 summary judgments

I= 132

45 appellate affirmances

13 appellate reversals

24 trial-based judgments

50 summary judgments

11

112 -- inadequate disclosure --description

P= 62

10 appellate affirmances

4 appellate reversals

27 trial-based judgments

21 summary judgments

I= 30

8 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

5 trial-based judgments

16 summary judgments

12

112 -- inadequate disclosure --enablement

P= 50

10 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

22 trial-based judgments

17 summary judgments

I= 23

9 appellate affirmances

6 trial-based judgments

8 summary judgments

13

112 -- inadequate disclosure --best mode

P= 32

4 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

14 trial-based judgments

13 summary judgments

I= 8

1 appellate affirmance

2 trial-based judgments

5 summary judgments

14

112 -- claim indefinite

P= 63

10 appellate affirmances

5 appellate reversals

18 trial-based judgments

30 summary judgments

I= 47

15 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

3 trial-based judgments

27 summary judgments

15

Double patenting

P= 16

7 appellate affirmances

8 trial-based judgments

1 summary judgment

I= 4

1 appellate affirmance

1 appellate reversal

1 trial-based judgment

1 summary judgment

16

Improper broadening

P= 3

1 appellate reversal

1 trial-based judgment

1 summary judgment

I= 6

3 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

2 summary judgments

 

Enforceability decisions

 

17

Inequitable conduct

P= 170

39 appellate affirmances

17 appellate reversals

71 trial-based judgments

43 summary judgments

I= 76

34 appellate affirmances

3 appellate reversals

30 trial-based judgments

9 summary judgments

18

Misuse

P= 22

2 appellate affirmances

2 trial-based judgments

18 summary judgments

I=

 

 

Procedural defenses

 

19

Laches

P= 36

9 appellate affirmances

8 trial-based judgments

19 summary judgments

I= 7

1 appellate affirmance

1 trial-based judgment

5 summary judgments

20

Equitable estoppel

P= 19

7 trial-based judgments

12 summary judgments

I= 4

 1 appellate affirmance

3 summary judgments

21

Limitations

P= 2

2 summary judgments

I=

 

22

Failure to mark

P= 9

1 appellate affirmance

4 trial-based judgments

4 summary judgments

I= 11

1 appellate affirmance

2 trial-based judgments

8 summary judgments

 

Infringement issues

 

23

Literal direct infringement

P= 310

83 appellate affirmances

18 appellate reversals

97 trial-based decisions

112 summary judgments

I= 616

203 appellate affirmances

30 appellate reversals

66 trial-based decisions

317 summary judgments

 

24

Doctrine of equivalents direct infringement

P= 45

15 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

15 trial-based judgments

14 summary judgments

I= 307

87 appellate affirmances

11 appellate reversals

27 trial-based judgments

182 summary judgments

25

Inducing infringement

P= 43

11 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

20 trial-based judgments

11 summary judgments

I= 64

12 appellate affirmances

5 appellate reversals

6 trial-based judgments

41 summary judgments

26

Contributory infringement

P= 29

9 appellate reversals

14 trial-based judgments

6 summary judgments

I= 41

9 appellate afrirmances

1 appellate reversal

4 trial-based judgments

27 summary judgments

27

Selling or importing product of patented process §271(g)

P= 2

 1 appellate affirmance

1 summary judgment

I= 5

5 summary judgments

28

Shipping abroad 271(f)

P= 2

1 trial-based judgment

1 summary judgment

I= 12

2 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

9 summary judgments

29

License defense

P= 19

6 trial-based judgments

13 summary judgments

I= 13

3 appellate affirmances

1 trial-based judment

9 summary judgments

30

Exhaustion defense

P= 27

6 appellate affirmances

4 appellate reversals

17 summary judgments

I= 22

 4 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

11 trial-based judgments

6 summary judgments

31

Exemption under 271(e)

P= 6

2 appellate affirmances

4 trial-based judgments

I= 1

1 appellate affirmance

32

Exemption for other experiments

P=  
I=  

 

 

Damages calculations

 

33

Lost profits

P= 26

10 appellate affirmances

14 trial-based judgments

2 summary judgments

I= 20

6 appellate affirmances

3 appellate reversals

4 trial-based judgments

7 summary judgments

34

Reasonable royalty

P= 45

15 appellate affirmances

28 trial-based judgments

2 summary judgments

I= 15

5 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

8 trial-based judgments

1 summary judgment

35

Split bases

P= 1

 1 trial-based judgment

I= 1

 1 trial-based judgment

 

Special factors

 

36

Willfulness

P= 56

15 appellate affirmances

40 trial-based judgments

1 summary judgment

I= 64

16 appellate affirmances

5 appellate reversals

19 trial-based judgments

24 summary judgments

37

Enhanced damages due to willfulness

P= 45

9 appellate affirmances

34 trial-based judgments

2 summary judgments

I= 23

2 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

17 trial-based judgments

2 summary judgments

38

Attorney fees to patentee

P= 65

15 appellate affirmances

46 trial-based judgments

4 summary judgments

I= 64

8 appellate affirmances

3 appellate reversals

43 trial-based judgments

10 summary judgments

39

Attorney fees to accused infringer

P= 87

16 appellate affirmances

9 appellate reversals

47 trial-based judgments

15 summary judgments

I= 72

17 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

36 trial-based judgments

17 summary judgments

40

Preliminary injunction ruling

P= 92

17 appellate affrimances

75 hearing-based judgments

I= 90

15 appellate affirmances

69 hearing-based judgments

6 appellate reversals