187 F.3d 1381 (Fed. Cir. 1999), 95-1066, Festo Corporation v Shoketsu

Docket Nº:95-1066
Citation:187 F.3d 1381
Party Name:FESTO CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. SHOKETSU KINZOKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI CO., LTD., a/k/a SMC CORPORATION, and SMC PNEUMATICS, INC., Defendants-Appellants.
Case Date:August 20, 1999
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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187 F.3d 1381 (Fed. Cir. 1999)

FESTO CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee,

v.

SHOKETSU KINZOKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI CO., LTD., a/k/a SMC CORPORATION, and SMC PNEUMATICS, INC., Defendants-Appellants.

95-1066

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

August 20, 1999

Rehearing Denied .

On remand from the United States Supreme Court

Charles R. Hoffman, Hoffman & Baron, of Jericho, New York, for plaintiff-appellee. With him on the brief was Gerald T. Bodner.

Arthur I. Neustadt, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C., of Arlington, Virginia, for defendants-appellants.

ORDER

A combined petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc having been filed by the appellants, and a response thereto having been invited by the court and filed by the appellee, and the petition for rehearing having been referred to the panel that heard the appeal, and thereafter the petition for rehearing en banc and response having been referred to the circuit judges who are in regular active service, and a poll having been taken, it is

ORDERED that the petition for rehearing is denied, the petition to rehear the appeal en banc is granted; the judgment of the court entered on April 19, 1999, and reported at 172 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 1999), is vacated; and the opinion of the court accompanying the judgment is withdrawn;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that new briefs shall be filed. Appellants' principal brief is due within 60 days of the date of this order. The dates for filing the remaining briefs shall be in accordance with Fed. Cir. R. 31(a). Amici curiae may file briefs at the time that appellee's brief is due. The parties may respond to the amici, if they wish, at the time the reply brief is due. An original and 30 copies of all briefs shall be filed and two copies shall be served on opposing counsel.

The following questions may be addressed in the briefs:

1. For the purposes of determining whether an amendment to a claim creates prosecution history estoppel, is "a substantial reason related to patentability," Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17, 33 (1997), limited to those amendments made to overcome prior art under § 102 and § 103, or does "patentability" mean any reason affecting the issuance of a patent?

2. Under Warner-Jenkinson, should a "voluntary" claim amendment - one not required by the examiner or made in response to a rejection by an examiner for a stated reason - create...

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  • Reconsidering estoppel: patent administration and the failure of Festo.
    • United States
    • University of Pennsylvania Law Review Vol. 151 Nbr. 1, November 2002
    • 1 Noviembre 2002
    ...directed to specific aspects of prosecution history estoppel. Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co. ("Festo V"), 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed. Cir. 1999) (en banc). The en banc majority opinion reversed the Festo I decisions on the basis of prosecution history estoppel, see Fe......
  • 115 F.Supp.2d 139 (D.Mass. 2000), Civ. A. 95-10496, Biogen, Inc. v. Amgen Inc.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • 25 Septiembre 2000
    ...was squarely framed by the Federal Circuit in granting a rehearing en banc in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd., 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed.Cir. 1999). The following questions may be addressed in the briefs: 1. For the purposes of determining whether an amendment to a claim ......
  • 115 F.Supp.2d 139 (D.Mass. 2000), Civ. A. 95-10496, Biogen, Inc. v. Amgen Inc.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • 25 Septiembre 2000
    ...was squarely framed by the Federal Circuit in granting a rehearing en banc in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd., 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed.Cir. 1999). The following questions may be addressed in the briefs: 1. For the purposes of determining whether an amendment to a claim ......
  • Ambivalence in Equivalents: Problems and Solutions for Patent Law s Doctrine of Equivalents
    • United States
    • Louisiana Law Review Nbr. 64-1, October 2003
    • 1 Octubre 2003
    ...text accompanying notes 56-64. [92] Festo, 520 U.S. 1111, 117 S. Ct. 1240 (1997). [93] Festo, 172 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 1999). [94] Festo, 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed. Cir. 1999). [95] Warner-Jenkinson, 520 U.S. 17, at 41 n.8, 117 S. Ct. at 1054 n.8 (1997). [96] Festo, 234 F.3d. 558 (Fed. Cir. 2000).......
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  • 115 F.Supp.2d 139 (D.Mass. 2000), Civ. A. 95-10496, Biogen, Inc. v. Amgen Inc.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • 25 Septiembre 2000
    ...was squarely framed by the Federal Circuit in granting a rehearing en banc in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd., 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed.Cir. 1999). The following questions may be addressed in the briefs: 1. For the purposes of determining whether an amendment to a claim ......
  • 115 F.Supp.2d 139 (D.Mass. 2000), Civ. A. 95-10496, Biogen, Inc. v. Amgen Inc.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • 25 Septiembre 2000
    ...was squarely framed by the Federal Circuit in granting a rehearing en banc in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd., 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed.Cir. 1999). The following questions may be addressed in the briefs: 1. For the purposes of determining whether an amendment to a claim ......
  • 70 F.Supp.2d 944 (N.D.Iowa 1999), C 96-4061, Dethmers Mfg. Co., Inc. v. Automatic Equipment Mfg. Co.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 8th Circuit
    • 2 Septiembre 1999
    ...affecting the issuance of a patent, is now before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for en banc determination. See Festo Corp., 187 F.3d at 1381-82. For now, this court will follow the narrower construction of "patentability" adopted by a panel of the Federal Circuit Court of A......
  • 234 F.3d 558 (Fed. Cir. 2000), 95-1066, Festo Corp. v Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States Courts of Appeals Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • 29 Noviembre 2000
    ...of infringement, post Warner-Jenkinson, violate the "all elements" rule? Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 187 F.3d 1381, 1381-82, 51 USPQ2d 1959, 1959-60 (Fed. Cir. 1999) ("Festo We begin with a brief synopsis of our answers to the en banc questions and a ......
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  • Reconsidering estoppel: patent administration and the failure of Festo.
    • United States
    • University of Pennsylvania Law Review Vol. 151 Nbr. 1, November 2002
    • 1 Noviembre 2002
    ...directed to specific aspects of prosecution history estoppel. Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co. ("Festo V"), 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed. Cir. 1999) (en banc). The en banc majority opinion reversed the Festo I decisions on the basis of prosecution history estoppel, see Fe......
  • Ambivalence in Equivalents: Problems and Solutions for Patent Law s Doctrine of Equivalents
    • United States
    • Louisiana Law Review Nbr. 64-1, October 2003
    • 1 Octubre 2003
    ...text accompanying notes 56-64. [92] Festo, 520 U.S. 1111, 117 S. Ct. 1240 (1997). [93] Festo, 172 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 1999). [94] Festo, 187 F.3d 1381 (Fed. Cir. 1999). [95] Warner-Jenkinson, 520 U.S. 17, at 41 n.8, 117 S. Ct. at 1054 n.8 (1997). [96] Festo, 234 F.3d. 558 (Fed. Cir. 2000).......