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Woodland Trust v. Flowertree Nursery, Inc.

148 F.3d 1368 (1998)

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Woodland Trust v. Flowertree Nursery, Inc.

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

148 F.3d 1368 (1998)

Facts

Woodland (plaintiff) sued Flowertree (defendant) for infringing the ‘440 patent, which claimed a method of and apparatus for preventing freezing of ground plants. Flowertree alleged that the patent was invalid as anticipated or obvious, specifically stating that the claimed method was known by the Flowertree owners many years prior to the ‘440 patent’s filing date. Numerous witnesses provided evidence supporting Flowertree’s allegations that the claimed invention had been previously known by others, and Woodland countered with its own witnesses. The District Court, reasoning that these many witnesses were not perjuring themselves, held that the invention was anticipated and found the patent invalid. Woodland appealed to the Federal Circuit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Newman, C.J.)

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