Fed. Circ. Says Novatek Didn't Infringe Rival's Mining Patents

Law360, Los Angeles (March 26, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a Utah federal court's ruling that Novatek Inc.'s drill bit assembly doesn't infringe two Sollami Co. patents, saying the lower court properly determined the accused product don't meet all the structural limitations of the asserted claims.

In a 2-1 ruling, the appellate court panel affirmed U.S. District Judge David Nuffer's grant of summary judgment of noninfringement to Russian gas producer Novatek, rejecting Sollami's arguments that the judge erred in his claim construction.

"[T]he district court’s claim construction of 'bit,' 'bit holder,'...
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