Westlaw Topical Highlights: Intellectual Property, October 22, 2013

October 23, 2013

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Westlaw Topical Highlights for Intellectual Property provides summaries of significant federal court decisions and legislative and administrative activities affecting Intellectual Property law. A Westlaw subscription is required to access the documents linked from this page.

Computers and Electronics: Accused image sensors did not literally infringe patent.

L-3 Communications Corporation v. Sony Corporation, 2013 WL 5330957 (D.Del.) Accused image sensors did not meet a patent’s claim limitation requiring a “storing electric charge” step to occur at an element that was separate and distinct from the “provides electric charge” step, and thus did not literally infringe the patent. The accused sensors both created and stored the charge on a region of the photodiode element, which constituted a single element, even though the charge was generated only in the central portions of the region but the charge storage occurred throughout the entire region and extended into the transfer transistor. 2013 WL 5330957.  (The full-text of the rest of the Topical Highlights is available within Westlaw Next, subscription required).

Medical Devices and Procedures: Board deprived patent applicants of both notice and opportunity to respond by issuing new ground of rejection.  In re Biedermann 2013 WL 5663429 (C.A.Fed.)

Jurisdiction: Patentee’s letter to competitor supported subject matter jurisdiction in competitor’s declaratory judgment action.  ActiveVideo Networks, Inc. v. Trans Video Electronics, Ltd. 2013 WL 5442360 (N.D.Cal.)