Jonathon K. Hance

Jonathon K. Hance

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

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

Texas Puts its Lone-Star Spin on Trade Secret Protection

Effective on September 1, 2013, trade secret owners in Texas will have a statutory framework for litigation in an actual or threatened misappropriation of trade secrets. Texas recently joined the other forty-seven states in...more

5/24/2013 - Misappropriation New Legislation Statute of Limitations Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

Stripped of Controversial Provisions, Lame-Duck Patent Reform Heads to Obama's Desk

On January 1, 2013 — immediately after passing the fiscal crisis bill — the House of Representatives agreed by voice vote (at 11:13 PM) to approve the Senate's Amendments to H.R. 6621. A controversial provision that would...more

1/4/2013 - First-to-File H.R. 6621 Inter Partes Review Proceedings Lame Duck Session Patent Terms Patents Pre-GATT USPTO

Lame-Duck Patent Reform Goes Almost Entirely Unnoticed

With most lawmakers focused on the so called "fiscal cliff" during the current lame duck session of Congress, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has quietly once again proposed legislation to reform the United States patent...more

12/8/2012 - America Invents Act H.R. 6621 Patent Reform Patents Pre-GATT

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