Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 302

  • Texas Juries: Michael Smith reviews E.D. Texas patent trial verdicts for 2009 (thus far). Depending upon how you count, the score ranges “from 8-3-1 to 6-6-1 (depend[ing] on whether you count a post-jury selection grant of summary judgment or not).” [Link]
  • Judge Michel: A transcript of Chief Judge Paul Michel’s recent speech to the FCBA is now available through that organization’s website. [Link] In addition to announcing his retirement, Judge Michel argued strongly against a statutory right to appeal claim construction decisions. His discussion also touched on the fact that eight of the twelve Federal Circuit judging slots could open within the next 12-months. He suggests that the replacements should include (a) a district court judge and (b) a patent litigator who has extensive experience trying commercial cases in front of juries. Judge Michel suggested room for diversity on the court since all members are white and only 25% are women.
  • Appointing Judges: Regarding Federal Circuit appointments. The Obama administration is already focused on ensuring that minorities and women receive their share of appointments. In the words of Judge Michel, it is the Bar’s job to help “assure that the appointees to the Court are selected based on merit, on experience, on quality, on intellect, on intelligence, on energy, and not because they’re, you know, somebody’s cousin or whatever the other considerations might be.”
  • Concentration of Ownership: Hal Wegner and Justin Gray review the top 150 patent holders and reports on growing ownership concentration. [Link][See also Patent Prospector]
  • Written Description: Amicus Briefs in Ariad v. Lilly: Patent Docs Review the Briefs. [Link]
  • Presumption of Validity: Lucent v. Gateway: The Federal Circuit has denied Microsoft’s petition for rehearing. Microsoft is expected to file a petition to the Supreme Court focusing on the interpretation of Section 282’s “presumption of validity.” Microsoft questions whether that statute is properly construed to always require clear and convincing evidence of invalidity.
  • Presumption of Validity Redux: In a recent article, Scott Kieff and Henry Smith argue for a reduction in the presumption of validity. [Link]
  • Reexaminations: Reexamination Statistics: Of the 734 inter partes reexaminations that have been requested in the past decade, 498 (68%) are “known to be in litigation.” [Link]