November 15, 2016
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Industrial Equipment: Assignor of patent related to airport vehicular gate entry access system lacked standing to pursue patent infringement claims against United States. Haddad v. United States, 2016 WL 5660268 (Fed.Cl.) The mathematical algorithms disclosed in patents claiming specific solutions to improve mobile device functionality over the prior art with faster, more reliable, and more efficient voice and data transmissions were directed to a technological improvement, rather than directed to a patent ineligible abstract idea. The patents described problems and solutions firmly rooted in technology used for wireless communications. The patents resolved specific problems in a wireless communications system. 2016 WL 5660268 (The full-text of the rest of the Topical Highlights is available within Thomson Reuters Westlaw, subscription required).
Telecommunications: Claims in patents related to mobile phones were directed to technological improvement, rather than directed to patent ineligible abstract idea. Evolved Wireless, LLC v. Apple Inc. 2016 WL 6440137 (D.Del.)
Attorney Fees: Disqualification of law firm was warranted on basis that competitor’s attorney had represented patentee in prior re-examination issues. Audio MPEG, Inc. v. Dell, Inc. 2016 WL 6246772 (E.D.Va.)