2021 Federal Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Creative Management Services, LLC v. United States  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1449

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, MC-2 was awarded Government Services Administration (GSA) task order to provide services for the annual GovEnergy Conference. MC-2 performed the Task Order in 2009, 2010, and 2011. GSA canceled the 2012 Conferen...

Bitmanagement Software GMBH v. United States  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1139

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command installed copyrighted graphics-rendering software created by German company Bitmanagement onto all computers in the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet. No express contract or lic...

In Re SK HYNIX INC.
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-114
SYNQOR, INC. v. VICOR CORPORATION
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1704
DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD. v. CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, LLC
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1616
KILBOURNE v. APPLE INC.
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1665
CDOC, INC. v. LIBERTY BANKERS LIFE INSURANCE
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1643
MMODAL LLC v. NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1693
SynQor, Inc. v. Vicor Corp.  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1704

Justia Opinion Summary: SynQor’s 190 patent issued in 2006, as part of an extensive family of patents that disclose technology for DC-DC power converters used in large computer systems and data communication equipment to convert direct electric...

ANDREWS v. US
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1814
John Bean Technologies Corp. v. Morris & Associates, Inc.  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1090

Justia Opinion Summary: Bean’s patent, issued in 2002, covers an auger-type poultry chiller. Days after the patent issued, Bean’s only domestic competition, Morris, wrote a demand letter, arguing that the patent was invalid and citing prior ar...

HVF WEST, LLC v. US
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1414
In Re FATIGUE FRACTURE TECHNOLOGY
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1759
In Re VOIP-PAL.COM, INC.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-112
Canfield Scientific, Inc. v. Melanoscan, LLC  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1927

Justia Opinion Summary: Melanoscan’s patent, titled “Apparatus for Total Immersion Photography,” relates to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer as well as other diseases and cosmetic conditions of the visible human. The appa...

MOJAVE DESERT HOLDINGS, LLC v. CROCS, INC.
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1167
Giles v. McDonough  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1096

Justia Opinion Summary: Giles served on active Army duty, 1976-1982. He first claimed a service-connected nervous condition with the VA in March 1984; he was diagnosed with a personality disorder. While his claim was pending, he reported for Re...

HOME PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL v. US
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1202
TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY v. TORRENT PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1552
Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. v. Dropbox, Inc.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2196

Justia Opinion Summary: The Synchronoss patents describe a system for synchronizing data across multiple systems or devices connected via the Internet and a “method for transferring media data to a network coupled apparatus.” The system genera...

BROWN v. AIR FORCE
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1702
IRIS CORPORATION BERHAD v. US
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1984
MALIKULMULK v. MCDONOUGH
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2286
UNILOC 2017 LLC v. APPLE INC.
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1197
OYSTER OPTICS, LLC v. INFINERA CORP.
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2179
Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi, Aventisub LLC  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: Elevated LDL cholesterol is linked to heart disease. LDL receptors remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream; the PCSK9 enzyme regulates LDL receptor degradation. Amgen’s 165 and 741 patents describe antibodies that pu...

Mojave Desert Holdings, LLC v. Crocs, Inc.  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1167

Justia Opinion Summary: Crocs's Design Patent 789, titled “Footwear,” has a single claim for the “ornamental design for footwear.” Crocs sued Dawgs for infringement, Dawgs sought inter partes reexamination (IPE) under 35 U.S.C. 311. The distri...

HARTY v. OPM
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2133
Sharifi v. United States  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2382

Justia Opinion Summary: Sharifi alleges the U.S. Army took his land when it built Combat Outpost Millet in Afghanistan in 2010. The government asserted that Sharifi’s Fifth Amendment complaint was “vague and ambiguous” because it did not specif...

Infinity Computer Products, Inc. v. Oki Data Americas, Inc.  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1189

Justia Opinion Summary: The Infinity patents share a specification and involve using a fax machine as a printer or scanner for a personal computer. The indefiniteness issues revolve around the connection between the fax machine and the computer...

CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS v. WIRTGEN AMERICA, INC.
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1261
SASO GOLF, INC. v. NIKE, INC.
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1456
In Re ABEL
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1611
SHU v. MSPB
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2055
PETERS v. US
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1028
APPLE INC. v. UNILOC 2017 LLC
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1151
In Re ICON LM, LLC
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1364
WIRTGEN AMERICA, INC. v. CATERPILLAR INC.
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1419
QUALCOMM INCORPORATED v. APPLE INC.
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1560
JONES v. TRAN
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1571
FUJITA v. US
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1741
Homes v. United States Postal Service  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1973

Justia Opinion Summary: Holmes began working for the USPS in 1989. An investigation revealed that another letter carrier, Baxter, was selling marijuana from Baxter’s postal truck. Surveillance video showed Holmes and other USPS employees engage...

WINDY CITY INNOVATIONS, LLC v. FACEBOOK, INC.
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1153
cxLoyalty, Inc. v. Maritz Holdings Inc.  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1307

Justia Opinion Summary: Customer loyalty programs issue points that customers can redeem for goods and services. Maritz’s patent relates to a system and method for permitting a customer to redeem loyalty points without human intervention. A gr...

TURNER v. MSPB
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1650
VERIPATH, INC. v. DIDOMI
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1777
ZACHARIASIEWICZ v. MSPB
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1782
Chudik v. Hirshfeld  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1833

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Chudik applied to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for a patent on his “Guide for Shoulder Surgery” in 2006. The PTO examiner issued a second rejection in 2010. Rather than taking an appeal to the Patent Trial a...

In Re MOHAPATRA
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1935
PYROTECHNIC SPECIALTIES, INC. v. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2024
P.K. Management Group, Inc. v. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Circuit affirmed the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals' decision denying P.K. Management's claim that it should receive individual payments for inspections of Custodial properties under a contract with the D...

AGIS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, LLC v. GOOGLE LLC
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1401
AGIS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, LLC v. GOOGLE LLC
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1439
DEERE & COMPANY v. GRAMM
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1488
NIKA Technologies, Inc. v. United States  
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1924

Justia Opinion Summary: The Army Corps of Engineers issued a request for proposals. NIKA bid but was not awarded a contract. NIKA made a timely request for debriefing. The Corps sent NIKA a written debriefing and alerted NIKA of the right to su...

VPERSONALIZE INC. v. MAGNETIZE CONSULTANTS LTD.
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1963
CATERPILLAR INC. v. WIRTGEN AMERICA, INC.
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2206
CATERPILLAR INC. v. WIRTGEN AMERICA, INC.
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2294
GOODSON v. DVA
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2434
AMEC FOSTER WHEELER v. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1582
INTEL CORPORATION v. VLSI TECHNOLOGY LLC
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1712
JOHNSON v. TRAN
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1778
HARVEY v. US
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2279
GAYLORD v. TRAN
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1957
DURR v. MSPB
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2131
In Re JOHNSON
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-107
TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIV. v. ILLUMINA, INC.
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2302
M & K Holdings, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1160

Justia Opinion Summary: The patent at issue is directed to an efficient method for compressing video files; its claims generally concern “a method of decoding a moving picture in inter prediction mode,” in which “one or more reference pictures...

QUANTICO TACTICAL, INC. v. US
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1010
QUANTICO TACTICAL, INC. v. US
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1031
In Re SK HYNIX INC.
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-113
MOUTON-MILLER v. MSPB
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1266
DIAMOND SAWBLADES v. US
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1478
L'OREAL USA, INC. v. OLAPLEX, INC.
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2410
KEYNETIK, INC. v. SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1271
Diamond Sawblades Manufacturers' Commission v. United States  
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1478

Justia Opinion Summary: Importation of diamond sawblades from China is governed by an antidumping duty order, 19 U.S.C. 1673. In an administrative review of duties owed on subject merchandise sold to unaffiliated U.S. purchasers in 2014-2015, t...

MONK v. TRAN
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1305
EVOLVED WIRELESS, LLC v. HTC CORPORATION
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1335
MEDINA v. TRAN
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2060
SIPCO, LLC v. EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1364
INFINEUM USA L.P. v. CHEVRON ORONITE COMPANY LLC
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1333
In Re CSP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1530
SEARCY v. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2089
In Re JAMES
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21-108
In Re INTEL CORPORATION
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21-111
HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD. v. MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2124
HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD. v. MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2126
HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD. v. MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2127
Mouton-Miller v. Merit Systems Protection Board  
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: Mouton-Miller worked for the Postal Service as an Audit Manager. Her position was classified as GG-0511-14, step 8, with a salary of $128,081. In 2017, Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General hired Mouton-Mi...

HAAG-STREIT AG v. EIDOLON OPTICAL, LLC
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1485
BECK v. WILKIE
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2448
MYLAN LABORATORIES LIMITED v. SANOFI MATURE IP
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1302
STRAW v. WILKIE
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2090
ORLOSKI v. HHS
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1754
BOOM! PAYMENTS, INC. v. STRIPE, INC.
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1274
VETERAN SHREDDING, LLC v. US
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1336
ILIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. v. NINTENDO OF AMERICA, INC.
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1477
NORTH 61 LLC v. SJOKLAEDAGERDIN HF.
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1709
DUNCAN v. WILKIE
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2099
RAO v. SMITH
Date: January 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1411
MORTGAGE APPLICATION TECH. v. MERIDIANLINK, INC.
Date: January 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1504
In Re STURGEON
Date: January 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1644
LANGAN v. US
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1487
Veterans4You, Inc. v. United States  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1175

Justia Opinion Summary: The VA sought to procure cable gun locks with information about its suicide prevention line imprinted on the lock body, on a label attached to the cable, and an accompanying wallet card. VA submitted a requisition form...

LAND SHARK SHREDDING, LLC v. US
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1230
LAND SHARK SHREDDING, LLC v. US
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1231
LOWE v. NAVY
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1564
FEARS v. WILKIE
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1633
KRAMER v. WILKIE
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2112
James-Cornelius v. Secretary of Health and Human Services  
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2404

Justia Opinion Summary: James-Cornelius sought compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, alleging that her 17-year-old son, E.J., had suffered dysautonomia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and other...

PARALLEL NETWORKS LICENSING v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1669
ROBINSON v. WILKIE
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1969
SK HYNIX INC. v. IANCU
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2340
OLAF SOOT DESIGN, LLC v. DAKTRONICS, INC.
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1009
ROBINSON v. WILKIE
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1129
QuikTrip West, Inc. v. Weigel Stores, Inc.  
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1304

Justia Opinion Summary: QuikTrip and Weigel operate gasoline-convenience stores. QuikTrip has sold food and beverages in its stores under the registered mark QT KITCHENS since 2011. In 2014, Weigel began using the stylized mark W KITCHENS. Qui...

MEDIDEA, L.L.C. v. DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC.
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1334
IMAGEQUIX LLC v. SNAPIZZI INC
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1531
In Re ABEL
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1611
RASCOE v. WILKIE
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1629
GRECIA v. SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1831
BECKSTEAD v. OPM
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1884
HORIZON PHARMA, INC. v. DR. REDDY'S LABORATORIES INC.
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1607
ABS Global, Inc. v. Cytonome/ST, LLC.  
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2051

Justia Opinion Summary: In separate district court proceedings, several plaintiffs sued ABS and others for infringement of claims of six patents, including Cytonome’s 161 patent. Four months later, ABS sought inter partes review (IPR) of the 16...

NEWMAN v. AIR FORCE
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2297
PARROTT v. WILKIE
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1728
GREEN v. MONROVIA NURSERY COMPANY
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1742
VARGAS v. WILKIE
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2289
SIMO Holdings Inc. v. Hong Kong uCloudlink Network Technology, Ltd.  
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2411

Justia Opinion Summary: SIMO’s patent deals with roaming charges on cellular networks and describes apparatuses and methods that allow individuals to reduce roaming charges on cellular networks when traveling outside their home territory. SIMO...

BELL v. DEFENSE
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1325
INNOVATION SCIENCES, LLC v. AMAZON.COM, INC.
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1639
MOORE v. NAVY
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1770
FERMIN v. WILKIE
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2110
COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS v. PROMPTU SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Date: January 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1947
COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS v. PROMPTU SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Date: January 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2287