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Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.: En Banc Federal Circuit (Re)Defines Appellate Function in Patent Cases

Recorded on: Dec. 14, 2016
Running Time: 01:05:50

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Taken from the briefing Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.:  En Banc Federal Circuit (Re)Defines Appellate Function in Patent Cases recorded December, 2016 in New York.

On October 7, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a surprise en banc opinion in one branch of the ongoing Apple v. Samsung smart phone wars. In an 8-3 opinion (by Circuit Judge Moore, with a concurrence in the result from Circuit Judge Hughes and over dissents from Chief Judge Prost and Circuit Judges Dyk and Reyna) the court simultaneously granted en banc review and without soliciting additional briefing or argument reversed a February panel decision reversing the denial JMOL in connection with a jury verdict of infringement as to one patent, and non-obviousness as to two other patents, re-instating Apple's $119 million damage award.

In Apple's petition for rehearing en banc, Apple argued that the reversal of the jury finding of infringement was the result of a reliance on extra-record evidence "none of which was of record and that the panel appeared to have located only through independent research." Apple further urged that this 'outside the record' extrinsic evidence was used to modify an agreed upon and unappealed claim construction, as well as in re-analyzing factual issues determined below. In fact, Apple argued that the panel reversed nearly every factual finding by the jury which favored Apple. Eight judges of the court apparently agreed, and completely reversed, with the original panel members staying unified in dissent.

Lecture Topics  [01:05:50]

Listen to Ira Jay Levy of Goodwin Procter LLP for an analysis of:

  • A review of the case background of the context for the Federal Circuit decision
  • The procedural path that supported the grant of rehearing en banc
  • Practical implications for:
    • structuring claim construction and evidence presentation in jury trials
    • briefing and arguing appeals to the Federal Circuit
  • What might be next for the "inner workings of the law of obviousness"

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Ira Jay Levy ~ Goodwin Procter LLP
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