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Mentor Graphics Corp. v. EVE-USA, Inc., 2015-1470

In an infrigment action involving patents related to debugging source code after synthesis, which is the process of transforming Hardware Description Language (HDL) into gate-level 'netlists', the district court's judgment is: 1) affirmed as to the district court's denial of judgments as a matter of law (JMOL), award of damages, and summary judgment that assignor estoppel bars defendant from challenging the validity of the patent; 2) reversed as to summary judgment of indefiniteness; 3) affirmed as to the summary judgment that defendant's patent lacks patent-eligible subject matter; 4) vacated as to the motion in limine precluding plaintiff from presenting evidence of willful infringement; 5) reversed as to the summary judgment that defendant's patent lacks written description support; and 6) reversed as to summary judgment that plaintiff's infringement allegations regarding the patents are barred by claim preclusion.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2017/03/16

Judges

  • MOORE

Court

  • United States Federal Circuit

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