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Federal Circuit Affirms Eligibility of Financial Services Software Patent

The Federal Circuit, in Trading Technologies Intl., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., affirmed a district court decision holding that two patents related to a method and system for the electronic trading of stocks, bonds, futures, options,...more

Federal Circuit Narrows Patent Eligibility for CBM Review

In the recently decided Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google, Inc. case, the Federal Circuit significantly narrowed the eligibility standards for covered business method (CBM) patent review. Prior to the decision in Unwired Planet,...more

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Support to Software Patents

The federal circuit recently reversed a decision in McRO, Inc. v. DBA Planet Blue that asserted claims in patents at issue, relating to a method for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expression of...more

Patent Office Provides New Option for Addressing Final Rejections

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently initiated a Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) to enhance prosecution during the time period after a final rejection and prior to the filing of a notice of appeal....more

Supreme Court Loosens Test for Enhanced Patent Damages

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision in the companion cases Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer Inc., altering the analysis for when patent damages can be increased up to...more

Federal Circuit Expands Scope of Functional Claiming

A recent Federal Circuit panel decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC altered the evidentiary standard for determining whether a patent claim employs means-plus-function language. Specifically, the court expressly...more

Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Raises More Questions Than Answers

The Supreme Court recently issued its much anticipated decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, unanimously affirming the Federal Circuit's en banc decision finding the method, system, and computer readable medium claims at issue...more

Supreme Court Alters Standard for Establishing Indefiniteness

A recent unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Nautilus v. Biosig significantly increases the opportunity for a claim to be held as indefinite. In particular, the Supreme Court has set forth a new standard...more

Between Scylla And Charybdis: Future Of Software Patents Lies In Supreme Court Balance

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, a case in which the outcome may have a dramatic effect on the future and direction of software patents. Justice Breyer compared the Supreme Court’s...more

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