The Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of judgment as a matter of law following a jury verdict that the patent claims at issue were not invalid as being obvious. The Federal Circuit reversed on the grounds that the jury’s verdict was supported by substantial evidence on a number of grounds: (1) that the prior art was not analogous art; (2) that some material was within common knowledge was insufficient, the correct question is whether the an inventor would look to the particular art to solve the particular problem at hand; (3) that the differences between the prior art and the claims was significant; and (4) that the objective considerations supported nonobviousness.
Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ Inc., Case No. 2015-1155 (July 28, 2015); Opinion by: Moore, joined by Lourie and Dyk; Appealed From: District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Griesbach, J. Read the full opinion here.