• Posts by Michael D. Maicher
    Senior Attorney

    Michael’s practice focuses on electrical and software engineering related technologies, such as wireless communications, cloud computing, and consumer devices.

    He regularly provides intellectual property related counsel ...

Claim Terms- When the Dictionary Doesn’t Have the Answer

On January 12, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Appeals Court) issued its decision in Grace Instrument Industries, LLC v. Chandler Instruments Company, LLC. The case was an appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (District Court). Grace v. Chandler teaches us that care should be taken to avoid indefinite claim terms when possible. However, when a claim term is questioned, its meaning is ultimately determined in how it is explained in the specification and how it is discussed during prosecution.

In May 2020, Grace sued ... Read More ›

Posted in: Patents

Federal Circuit Invalidation of Targeted Advertising Claims Reaffirms Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Precedent but Recent Petition for Rehearing Looms

In its recent opinion in Free Stream Media Corp. v. Alphonso Inc. on May 11, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that abstract idea claims directed to “targeted advertising” are patent ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l in 2014, which provides the current authority for determining whether a proposed invention is patent eligible under § 101, the Supreme Court has not provided additional guidance in the area of subject-matter eligibility, and courts have been unable ... Read More ›

Are You Maintaining Privilege When Using Zoom?

Generally, many U.S. jurisdictions protect confidential communications between attorneys and their clients—attorneys and their clients cannot be forced to testify to these confidential communications and only the client can waive this privilege, unless the privilege is broken by some other event. Attorney-client privilege is broken when the confidential communication is shared with a third party, unless the third party is indispensable to the lawyer giving legal advice or facilitates in the lawyer giving legal advice (e.g., a client’s accountant present when the ... Read More ›

Non-Disclosure Agreement Lessons from SiOnyx LLC v. Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Decided December 7, 2020)

What if someone told you not all clauses in a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) are created equally? This was one of several lessons that could be drawn from SiOnyx LLC v. Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., 981 F.3d 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2020) which involved an NDA that contained several clauses, some of which ended up being more important than others.

At the beginning of their engagement in or around 2006-2007, SiOnyx was a startup and Hamamatsu was an established manufacturer interested in the technology that SiOnyx was developing. The parties entered into an NDA to allow them to share confidential ... Read More ›



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