Federal Circuit: Opinion Day (Apr. 29, 2015)

It's Opinion Day at the Federal Circuit. Here is a brief overview of the law that came down today, April 29, 2015.

Innovention Toys, Inc. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc.

On appeal from: Eastern District of Louisiana
Patent at issue: 7,264,242 (LIGHT-REFLECTING BOARD GAME)
Issue Keywords: Obviousness, Skilled Artisan, Pre-Issuance Damages, Wilful Infringement
Substantive Cited Authority:


  • KSR v. Teleflex, 550 U.S. 398 (2007);
  • PAR Pharm., Inc. v. TWI Pharm., Inc., 773 F.3d 1186 (Fed. Cir. 2014);
  • Tokai Corp. v. Easton Enters., Inc., 632 F.3d 1358 (Fed. Cir. 2011);
  • Alexsam, Inc. v. IDT Corp., 715 F.3d 1336 (Fed. Cir. 2013);
  • Kinetic Concepts, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., 688 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2012);

Pre-Issuance Damages

  • Laitram Corp. v. NEC Corp., 163 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 1998)
  • Seattle Box Co. v. Indus. Crating & Packing, 731 F.2d 818 (Fed. Cir. 1984)
  • Aqua-Aerobic Sys., Inc. v. Richards of Rockford, Inc., 835 F.2d 871 (Fed. Cir. 1987) (unpublished)


  • Spine Solutions, Inc. v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc., 620 F.3d 1305 (Fed. Cir. 2010)
  • Halo Elecs., Inc. v. Pulse Elecs., Inc., 769 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Summary: CAFC analyzed applicable obviousness standards and pre-issuance damages standards to uphold verdict for the plaintiff on those points. The court reversed with respect to wilfulness because:

... willfulness is not established where the defendant has a substantial, objectively reasonable, though ultimately rejected, defense, including an obviousness defense. - pg.12

SCA Hygeine Products v. First Quality Baby Products

On appeal from: Western District of Kentucky
Order: Oral Argument scheduled for June 19, 2015 at 10AM.

Summary: Save the date!

Evelyn Haynes v. McDonald

Veteran Claims Case.

Tampa Bay Fisheries v. United States

ITC Case involving antidumping duty on warm water shrimp.

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