RULINGS IN 2013

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

Small numerals identify cases on the cumulative caselist                                                        

Affirmances and reversals are by the Federal Circuit, including affirmances without opinion (Rule 36). All other listed rulings are by the lower tribunal. Large-font numerals reflect the number of patents adjudicated; totals therefore exceed the numbers of case-adjudications.

 

Issue Code

Description

Results

 

Validity decisions

 

01

102(a) -- earlier public knowledge or publication

P= 12 [2928(4); 3121(2); 3127; 3139; 3187; 3110; 3280; 3301]

1 appellate reversal

1 judgment after bench trial
7 judgments on jury verdicts
3 summary judgments

I= 12 [2918(2); 2930; 3095; 3099; 3103; 3067; 3050(2); 3076; 3143(2)]

1 appellate reversal
6 judgments on jury verdicts
5 summary judgments

02

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

P= 16 [2969(4); 2985; 3054; 3080; 3301; 3299; 3301; 3115; 3123(2); 3142; 3185; 3196]

4 appellate affirmances
4 judgments after bench trials
5 judgments on jury verdicts
3 summary judgments

I= 12 [2918(2); 2930; 3095; 3099; 3103; 3067; 3050(2); 3076; 3143(2)]

5 appellate affirmances
1 JMOL

6 summary judgments

03

102(b) -- public use

P= 8 [2958; 3064; 3030; 3133(2); 3201; 3304; 3298]

1 appellate affirmance

2 appellate reversals

2 judgments after bench trials

1 judgment on jury verdict

2 summary judgments

I= 7 [3006; 3037(4); 3026; 3209]

6 appellate affirmances
1 summary judgment

04

102(b) -- on sale

P= 2 [3082; 3205]

1 appellate affirmance

1 summary judgment

I= 5 [3154; 3147; 3193; 3243; 3298]

1 appellate affirmance

2 judgments on jury verdicts

2 summary judgments

05

102(c) -- abandonment

P= 3 [3205; 3197(2)]

3 summary judgments

I=

 

06

102(d) -- prior foreign patenting

P=5 [3197(3);3280; 3235]

1 judgment after bench trial

4 summary judgments

I=

 

07

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

P= 8 [3121(3); 3202(2); 3280; 3264; 3270]

2 appellate reversals

1 judgment after bench trial

3 judgments on jury verdicts

2 summary judgments

I= 7 [3110; 3118; 3182(2); 3215(2); 3297]

3 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

2 judgments on jury verdicts

08

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

P= 3 [3016; 2948; 3168]

  2 appellate affirmances

1 judgment after bench trial

I=

 

09

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

P= 3 [3150;3263; 3296]

1 judgment after bench trial

2 summary judgments

I= 3 [2989(3)]

3 judgments after bench trials

10

103 -- obviousness

P= 56 [3009; 2993; 2996(3); 2949; 2992(2); 2998; 2990(4); 2981; 3034; 3029; 3054; 3057; 3080; 3045(2); 3125; 3173; 3120; 3121(2); 3139; 3153(2); 3182(2); 3110; 3200; 3207; 3115; 3117(2); 3123(2); 3143; 3234; 3316; 3304; 3233(5); 3280(2); 3301; 32352; 3145(2); 3185; 3128]

23 appellate affirmances

15 judgments after bench trials

14 judgments on jury verdicts

4 summary judgments

 

 

I= 34 [3019; 3005; 3021; 2938; 2923; 2918(2); 2925; 2930] [3093; 3103; 3069; 3024; 3050; 3034; 3038; 3031] [3143(2); 3147(2); 3148; 3176; 3182; 3215(2); 3223(2)]

9 appellate affirmances

3 appellate reversals

3 judgment after bench trials

7 judgments on jury verdicts

1 JMOL

11 summary judgments

11

112 -- inadequate disclosure --description

P= 16 [3014; 3009; 2948; 3023; 3072; 3080; 3045(2); 3055; 3142; 3150; 3197(3); 3222; 3290]

3 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

3 judgments after bench trials

2 judgments on jury verdicts

7 summary judgments

I= 12 [2922(2); 2998; 3101; 3050; 3086; 3191; 3149; 3209; 3269; 3242; 3291]

3 appellate affirmances

2 judgments on jury verdicts

7 summary judgments

12

112 -- inadequate disclosure --enablement

P= 12 [3009; 2972(2); 3023; 3072; 3028; 3219.1; 3142; 3150; 3221; 3301; 3240] 

4 appellate affirmances

3 appellate reversals

2 judgments after bench trials

2 judgments on jury verdicts

1 summary judgment

I= 9 [2922(2); 3022(2); 3129; 3191; 3109; 3149; 3242]

4 appellate affirmances

1 judgment after bench trial

2 judgments on jury verdicts

2 summary judgments

 

13

112 -- inadequate disclosure --best mode

P= 9 [2964(3); 3028; 3197(3); 3304; 3301]

1 appellate affirmance

4 appellate reversals

4 summary judgments

I=

 

14

112 -- claim indefinite

P= 23 [3009; 2993; 2996(3); 2949; 2992(2); 2998; 2990(4); 2981; 3023; 3054; 3064(3); 3043; 3036; 3219.1; 3255]

3 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

5 judgments after bench trials

4 judgments on jury verdicts

9 summary judgments

I= 25[2973; 2950; 2940(3); 2936; 2976; 2982; 3042(2); 3056; 3059; 3144; 3152; 3162; 3188(4); 3197; 3204; 3188; 3219.1; 3313; 3254]

1 appellate affirmance

3 appellate reversals

2 Ct. Fed. Cls.

19 summary judgments

 

15

Double patenting

P= 3 [3197(3)]

3 summary judgments

I= 3 [3050(2); 3216]

1 appellate reversal

3 summary judgments

16

Improper broadening

P= 4 [3009; 2993(2); 3175]

1 appellate affirmance

2 judgments after bench trials

1 summary judgment

I= 4 [2999; 3107; 3209; 3268]

1 appellate affirmance

2 summary judgments

 

Enforceability decisions

 

17

Inequitable conduct

P= 15 [3016; 2938; 2960; 2947; 3044; 3046; 3057; 3060; 3070; 3024; 3137; 3170(2); 3174; 3189]

1 appellate affirmance

2 appellate reversals

5 judgments after bench trials

7 summary judgments

 

I= 8 [2941; 3097; 3122; 3184; 3109; 3230; 3239(2)]

5 appellate affirmances

2 judgments after bench trials

1 summary judgment

18

Misuse

P= 2 [3058; 3138] 

2 summary judgments

I=

 

 

Procedural defenses

 

19

Laches

P= 9 [3057; 3138; 3142; 3192(2); 3195(2); 3198; 3267]

1 appellate affirmance

5 judgments after bench trials

2 summary judgments

1 judgment on jury verdict

I= 9 [3049; 3081; 3109; 3206; 3214(4); 3241]

1 judgment after bench trial

8 summary judgments

20

Equitable estoppel

P= 6 [3057; 3138; 3141; 3142; 3192(2)]

3 judgments after bench trials

1 judgment on jury verdict

2 summary judgments

I= 4 [2970; 3049; 3109; 3206]

1 appellate affirmance

1 judgment after bench trial

2 summary judgments

21

Limitations

P= 1 [3219.1] 1 appellate affirmance
I=  


22

Failure to mark

P= 1 [3080]

1 judgment on jury verdict

I= 3 [3077(2); 3224]

3 summary judgments

 

Infringement issues

 

23

Literal direct infringement

P= 83 [2975; 2981; 2969(5); 3011; 3014; 2989(3); 2928(4); 2986; 2951; 2939; 2924(2); 2980; 2974; 2971; 2967; 2970; 3035; 3047(4); 3064(3); 3080; 3043; 3084; 3027; 3033; 3125; 3177; 3178(2); 3179(2); 3180; 3104; 3120; 3121(3); 3136; 3139; 3142; 3145(3); 3153(2); 3182(2); 3185; 3195(3); 3205; 3207; 3210; 3221; 3110; 3112; 3200; 3217; 3234; 3304; 3315; 3310; 3280(2); 3232; 3299; 3247]

21 appellate affirmances

11 appellate reversals

9 judgments after bench trials

31 judgments on jury verdicts

2 JMOLs

9 summary judgments

I= 202 [2972(2); 3019; 2973(2); 2974(2); 2968(2); 2965(2); 2971(2); 2970; 2979; 3006; 2970(2); 3007; 3013(2); 3015; 3010; 3018; 3008; 3020; 2923; 2960(4); 2935(2); 2919(2); 2955; 2929; 2932; 2956; 2957(5); 3001(2); 2931; 2994; 2918(2); 2996; 2997; 2930; 2933(2); 2947; 2946; 2943; 2987(4); 2961; 2954; 2981; 2966; 2945; 3089; 3095; 3026; 3032(2); 3039; 3040; 3088; 3090; 3091; 3092; 3094(2); 3096; 3098; 3100; 3102; 3085; 3080; 3045(2); 3048(2); 3051(4); 3061(2); 3068(2); 3073(2); 3074(2); 3075; 3079; 3083; 3086; 3087; 3029; 3041; 3108; 3111; 3114; 3124; 3130; 3177; 3208(2); 3214; 3218; 3226; 3105; 3131; 3140(2); 3141; 3147(2); 3152; 3156; 3159(4); 3160; 3161(2); 3182; 3186(2); 3187(2); 3188; 3190(2); 3196; 3197(6); 3199; 3211; 3215(2); 3220; 3225; 3228(2); 3231(2); 3115; 3312(2); 3277; 3305; 3312; 3313; 3314; 3315; 3247; 3238; 3242(2); 3243; 3245; 3256; 3258; 3260; 3270; 3281; 3282; 3283; 3285; 3289(3); 3290; 3291; 3292; 3293; 3294; 3299; 3300(2); 3202(3); 3306; 3307(2)]

64 appellate affirmances

5 appellate reversals

1 ITC decision

2 judgments after bench trials

11 judgments on jury verdicts

1 JMOL

118 summary judgments

24

Doctrine of equivalents direct infringement

P= 8 [2971(2); 3072; 3047(2); 3124; 3280(2)]

3 appellate reversals

3 judgments after bench trials

2 judgments on jury verdicts

I= 58 [3020; 2998(2); 2931; 2933(2); 2947; 2946; 2943; 2942; 2961; 3040; 3098; 3100; 3080; 3048(2); 3052; 3073(2); 3074(2); 3086; 3108; 3111; 3141; 3149(2); 3163; 3167(2); 3171; 3187; 3199; 3211; 3215; 3228; 3115; 3237; 3270; 3289(3); 3291; 3293; 3300; 3308(10); 3309; 3267]

7 appellate affirmances

2 appellate reversals

1 judgment after bench trial

2 judgments on jury verdicts

46 summary judgments

25

Inducing infringement

P= 22 [2969; 2928(4); 2952; 2951; 2980; 3080; 3045; 3121(2); 3123(4); 3142; 3145(3); 3166; 3311]

2 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

4 judgments after bench trials

11 judgments on jury verdicts

4 summary judgments

I= 15 [3015; 3013; 2923; 2919(2); 2920(2); 3080; 3126; 3167(2); 3115; 3242(2); 3298]

2 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

2 judgments on jury verdicts

10 summary judgments

 

26

Contributory infringement

P= 8 [2951; 2980; 3080; 3045; 3121(2); 3153(2)]

1 appellate reversal

5 judgments on jury verdicts

2 summary judgments

I= 9 [3013; 2919(2); 3080; 3120; 3190(2); 3242(2)]

1 appellate affirmance

1 judgment on jury verdict

7 summary judgments

27

Selling or importing product of patented process

P= 1 [3207]

1 judgment after bench trial

I=

 

28

Shipping abroad 271(f) or (g)

P=

 

I=

 

29

License defense

P= 4 [2991(3); 2995]

3 judgments after bench trials

1 summary judgment

I= 9 [3010; 3029; 3118; 3165; 3213; 3236; 3306; 3309; 3250]

2 appellate affirmances

7 summary judgments

30

Exhaustion defense

P= 1 [2995]

1 summary judgment

I= 16 [2956; 3062(2); 3157; 3169(9); 3250(2); 3266]

1 appellate reversal

15 summary judgments

31

Exemption under 271(e)

P= 2 [2959(2)]

2 summary judgments

I= 6 [3183(2); 3219(4)]

6 summary judgments

32

Exemption for other experiments

P=  
I=  

 

 

Damages calculations

 

33

Lost profits

P= 13 [2969(5); 3012; 3035; 3047(4); 3210; 3249]

7 appellate affirmances

1 judgment after bench trial

5 judgments on jury verdicts

I= 4 [2921; 3065; 3139; 3119]

1 appellate reversal

1 judgment after bench trial

2 summary judgments

34

Reasonable royalty

P= 17 [3014; 3004; 2989(3); 2928; 3035; 3080; 3121; 3142(2); 3145; 3151; 3195; 3205; 3221; 3249]

2 appellate affirmances

5 judgments after bench trials

10 judgments on jury verdicts

I= 4 [3027; 3142; 3164; 3278]

1 appellate reversal

1 judgment after bench trial

2 judgments on jury verdicts

35

Split bases

P=

 

I= 1 [2962]

  1 appellate reversal

 

Special factors

 

36

Willfulness

P= 11 [3012; 3080; 3104; 3121(2); 3153(2); 3195(2); 3210; 3221]

1 appellate affirmance

1 judgment after bench trial

9 judgments on jury verdicts

I= 22 [2981(2); 3003; 2989(3); 2947; 3072; 3047(4); 3057; 3063; 3119; 3139; 3161; 3115; 3303; 3290; 3304; 3267]

3 appellate reversals

3 appellate affirmances

6 judgments after bench trials

6 JMOLs

3 summary judgments

 

37

Enhanced damages due to willfulness

P= 14 [2969(5); 3012; 3080; 3104; 3151; 3195(2); 3139; 3304; 3267]

6 appellate affirmances

5 judgments after bench trials

3 judgments on jury verdicts

 

I= 3 [3139; 3304; 3267]

2 appellate reversals

1 judgment after bench trial

38

Attorney fees to patentee

P= 3 [2988; 3053; 3195]

3 judgments after bench trials

I= 9 [2966; 2927; 2928; 3072; 3121(2); 3139; 3227; 3252]

1 appellate affirmance

6 judgments after bench trials

2 JMOLs

39

Attorney fees to accused infringer

P= 17 [3017; 2983; 3002; 2953(2); 3066; 3071; 3025; 3116; 3132; 3137; 3147(2); 3269; 3257; 3262; 3244]

2 appellate affirmances

1 appellate reversal

14 judgments after bench trials

I= 12 [2984(2); 2926(2); 2944; 2934; 3088; 3078; 3184; 3218; 3113; 3158]

3 appellate affirmances

9 judgments after bench trials

40

Preliminary injunction ruling

P= 6 [3000; 3106; 3134; 3112; 3246; 3288]

1 appellate reversal

5 judgments after bench trials

I= 20 [2989(3); 3117; 3135; 3146(4); 3155(3); 3194; 3229; 3273; 3284(2); 3295; 3266]

1 appellate reversal

19 judgments after bench trials