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Inter partes review time bar applied after petition filed but before institution
In deciding an issue of first impression, the Federal Circuit ruled that privity and RPI relationships that arise after filing but before institution should be considered for purposes of the time bar...
Bodum met burden of showing its Chambord French press coffeemaker's trade dress elements were nonfunctional
Sufficient evidence at trial supported finding that trade dress of iconic French press coffeemaker was nonfunctional; verdict against rival upheld.
‘Capsule’ registration for cell phone cases canceled for lack of distinctiveness
There was a rebuttable presumption that the registered mark was inherently distinctive, but not that it had acquired secondary meaning. A competitor established that the mark was merely descriptive...
Call-waiting and caller-ID claims were patent-ineligible
The plaintiff's patent claims failed both prongs of the Alice test, as being directed to an abstract idea, without an inventive concept that transformed the claim to be patent-eligible.
US Postal Service cannot initiate post-grant review to invalidate patents
The Government is not a "person" capable of instituting AIA review proceedings, High Court rules.