Jonathan Spivey

Jonathan Spivey

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

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Supreme Court Rejects Generic Computer Use to Patent Abstract Ideas

On June 19, 2014, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the ineligibility of the patent claims at issue—directed to the abstract idea of "intermediated settlement"—and...more

6/23/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Risk Mitigation SCOTUS Software

The Supreme Court's Limelight Continues to Rein in the Federal Circuit

For the second time in less than two months the Supreme Court unanimously redefines patent law by overturning a Federal Circuit case regarding induced infringement. In Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies,...more

6/7/2014 - Akamai Technologies Covered Business Method Patents Induced Infringement Limelight Networks Miniauction Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Popular SCOTUS

High Octane Fuel for Curbing Abusive Patent Litigation

On April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions that could curtail abusive patent practices implemented by "patent trolls" or non-practicing entities (NPE) by relaxing the legal standards for awarding...more

5/1/2014 - Attorney's Fees Brooks Furniture Highmark v. Allcare Non-Practicing Entities Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls SCOTUS

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four...more

4/1/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Bad Faith Patent Litigation Is Bad News For Plaintiffs

Affirming a $1.6 million dollar award for attorney fees against a non-practicing entity (NPE) for pursuing and maintaining patent litigation in bad faith, the Federal Circuit has served notice that patent litigants "must...more

8/16/2013 - Bad Faith Claim Construction Infringement Non-Practicing Entities Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Beyond Trolling the Trolls: White House Acts to Curb Abuse by Patent Assertion Entities

Earlier this year, President Obama addressed frivolous patent suits in a Google+ hangout session, commenting that Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) "don't actually produce anything themselves" and assert patents "to...more

6/7/2013 - Barack Obama Investors Non-Practicing Entities Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents USPTO

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