For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Core Wireless v. LG Electronics, (CAFC January 25, 2018) (available here). Core Wireless sued LG Electronics for patent infringement on a patent related to an improved display interface. At trial, LG motioned for summary judgment arguing the patent was directed to ineligible subject matter, the court denied the motion, the CAFC affirmed. The CAFC reasoned that although the idea of making information more accessible might be an abstract idea, the claims of the patent were directed to a particular way of summarizing and showing information on electronic devices.

In re Janssen Biotech, Inc., (CAFC January 23, 2018) (available here). In an Ex parte reexamination proceeding for the ‘476 “Anti-TNFa antibodies and assays employing anti-TNFa antibodies” patent, the CAFC affirmed the PTO’s decision that claims 1-7 of the patent were invalid and unpatentable under the doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting. The court reasoned that (1) the safe-harbor provision of 35 U.S.C. § 121 did not apply to the patent at issue and (2) Janssen was not entitled to the two-way test for obviousness-type double patenting.

All are invited to join us on February 5, 2018, at noon in our Westlake Village office. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit. If you will be joining us, please RSVP to Elisha Manzur by 9 am Monday morning.