courthouse.jpgIPNews® – The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a “death care” company’s attempt to win a declaratory judgment warding off a potential patent infringement suit from another company over a method of cremating human remains without incinerating them.

Matthews International Corp.’s claims that Biosafe Engineering’s patents are invalid, unenforceable and not infringed were not sufficiently grounded in reality, the appeals court held. A company cannot obtain a declaratory judgment just because it wants an advisory opinion on whether some future action may expose it to liability for patent infringement, the Federal Circuit said. To continue reading, click: Federal Circuit Rules “Death Care” Co. Can’t Head Off Cremation Patent Claims