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The Federal Circuit addressed an issue of pure statutory construction in this case, where it had to determine the meaning of "competitive basis" under the Workforce Investment Act.

Did the USPTO Just Kill the Apple v. Samsung Case?

This is never going to end, is it?

Earlier this week, we reported that the Federal Circuit was giving Apple a third chance to get an injunction blocking the sale of Samsung smartphones and tablets. After District Court Judge Lucy Koh ordered an initial injunction, the Federal Circuit reversed, ordering her to apply "causal nexus" analysis. She did, and denied the injunction, but now the Federal Circuit thinks she applied the "causal nexus" analysis too harshly, and has kicked the case back again.

Meanwhile, in Judge Koh's court, the jury is trying to decide damages. But the USPTO may have made the entire endeavor fruitless by invalidating Apple's "pinch to zoom" patent.

In the epic smart phone and tablet battle between Apple and Samsung, the third time may be a charm for Apple. While the Federal Circuit had two previous opportunities to discuss whether a preliminary injunction should be granted, on its third go-around, the Federal Circuit had to determine whether a district court in San Jose, California correctly determined that Apple was not entitled to permanent injunctive relief.

The Federal Circuit reviewed the district court's decision as it related to design patents, utility patents and trade dress. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's decision as it related to the design patents and trade dress. What follows below is a discussion only related to the utility patents.

It's not every day that we get to read a Federal Circuit opinion deciding what tariff classification a product should be given. It's your lucky day, as the Federal Circuit recently opined on the nature of paper hole punches used for scrapbooking.

The Federal Circuit had to determine, "[w]hat's in a name?," and found in this case, the answer was "everything."

When passing big rig trucks on the freeway, usually the only thing that comes to our mind is (1) please get out of the way; and (2) can we get them to honk like we did in grade school by gesturing to the drivers.

But, it appears, there are many designers who put much more thought into these trucks, and design patents for securing cargo within the containers the trucks haul around. On Monday, in what may be the most boring important case of the year, the Federal Circuit clarified a long dispute regarding cargo truck partitions.