Michael Borella

Michael Borella

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Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. AT&T Mobility LLC (Fed. Cir. 2015)

On September 23, 2010, Eon filed suit against seventeen defendants in the District Court of the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,663,757. During the case, the '757 patent went through two...more

7/8/2015 - Indefiniteness Intellectual Property Litigation Means-Plus-Function Mobile Devices Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Smartphones Software

McRo, Inc. v. Square Enix, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2014)

Note: This coverage of a district court case from last year provides an overview of the patented invention, as well as the decision currently being appealed to the Federal Circuit. In a subsequent article, we will review the...more

6/30/2015 - America Invents Act CLS Bank v Alice Corp Intellectual Property Litigation Internet Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 Ultramercial v Hulu USPTO

Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc. (Fed Cir. 2015)

Since late last year, the main theme of many 35 U.S.C. § 101 disputes has been whether claims under review are more like those in Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC or DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com. In the former case, the...more

6/24/2015 - Intellectual Property Litigation Internet Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Section 101 Software Ultramercial v Hulu

Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

1. Background - In 2006, Akamai Technologies ("Akamai") sued Limelight Networks, Inc. ("Limelight") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703. The...more

6/22/2015 - Akamai Technologies Direct Infringement Indirect Infringement Intellectual Property Litigation Internet Limelight Networks Limelight v Akamai Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Technology

OIP Technologies, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

In its first substantive application of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2015, the Federal Circuit has once again shot down claims for not meeting the patent-eligibility requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 101. In 2012, OIP sued Amazon in...more

6/15/2015 - Amazon Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Software Technology

Ultramercial v. WildTangent -- Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The Ultramercial story is not over. In the latest step of a controversial case involving 35 U.S.C. § 101 that has been ongoing since 2009, patentee Ultramercial has petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The...more

6/4/2015 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Copyright Hulu Intellectual Property Litigation Internet Streaming Music Online Videos Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition for Writ of Certiorari Section 101 Software Technology Ultramercial v Hulu WildTangent v Ultramercial YouTube

Allvoice Developments US, LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

In August, 2009, Allvoice sued Microsoft in the Western District of Washington, alleging infringement of its U.S. Patent No. 5,799,273. In December, 2013, the District Court granted Microsoft's motion for summary judgment...more

5/26/2015 - Microsoft Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

USPTO Issues Post-Alice Abstract Idea Examples

On January 27, the USPTO provided its promised set of examples of patent-eligible and patent-ineligible claims relating to the abstract idea exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101, in light of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. These examples...more

1/29/2015 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Interim Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

Ultramercial Requests En Banc Review

Two months ago, in a long-awaited decision, the Federal Circuit invalided Ultramercial's U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545, directed to online video advertisements, as lacking patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Court...more

1/20/2015 - Advertising CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petitions for Review SCOTUS Ultramercial v Hulu WildTangent v Ultramercial

Content Extraction and Transmission, LLC vs. Wells Fargo Bank (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Patentee Content Extraction and Transmission (CET) owns U.S. Patent Nos. 5,258,855 (the '855 patent), 5,369,508 (the '508 patent), 5,625,465 (the '465 patent), and 5,768,416 (the '416 patent). The '508, '465, and '416...more

1/6/2015 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Cross-Complaints Diebold Inc Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents RICO Tortious Interference Wells Fargo

More Misinformation Regarding the Patent System and Non-Practicing Entities

The press has been all too eager to decry the so-called "broken" U.S. patent system and the alleged "scourge" of non-practicing entities (NPEs). However, few if any articles attempt to provide an even-handed analysis of...more

12/19/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Covered Business Method Patents Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Non-Practicing Entities Obviousness Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent Trolls Patents SCOTUS Software

Impact of Interim Guidance on Business Method and Software Claims

On December 15, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. This Interim Guidance was the long-anticipated update to the Procedure for...more

12/18/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Guidance Update Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, L.P. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

DDR Holdings ("DDR") sued Hotels.com and several other defendants in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,993,572 and 7,818,399. DDR eventually...more

12/9/2014 - Hotels.com Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube, and WildTangent for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545. Hulu and YouTube were eventually dismissed from the case. On a 12(b)(6) motion, and without construing the claims, the District...more

11/17/2014 - Appeals Hulu Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Ultramercial v Hulu

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC -- Party Briefs

This case has a storied history. Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube, and WildTangent for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545. Hulu and YouTube were eventually dismissed from the case. On a 12(b)(6) motion, the District...more

11/7/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Hulu Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents WildTangent v Ultramercial YouTube

Cambridge Assoc., LLC v. Capital Dynamics (PTAB 2014); PNC Bank v. Secure Axcess, LLC (PTAB 2014)

As the fallout of the Supreme Court's Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision propagates through the USPTO and lower courts, many patent applications and patents directed to business methods are being rejected or struck down for...more

10/17/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Covered Business Method Patents Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

U.S. Bancorp v. Solutran, Inc. (PTAB 2014)

In the weeks since the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court decision, we have been watching patents and applications fall left and right due to use of that case's more stringent test regarding patent-eligibility. This test...more

9/11/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Software US Bancorp

Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Planet Bingo is the assignee of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,398,646 and 6,656,045, both directed to computer-implemented methods and systems for managing bingo games. Planet Bingo filed an infringement action in the United States...more

8/28/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Computer-Related Inventions Gaming Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Planet Bingo

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Summer 2014 - Vol. 12, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess - Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of...more

8/27/2014 - Capitol Records CLS Bank v Alice Corp Copyright Design Patent Digital Media Music Industry Pandora Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Prior Art SCOTUS

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

There's an old saying that “bad facts make bad law,” acknowledging that a court's decisions regarding extreme cases can result in law poorly adapted to less extreme cases. The Supreme Court's recent trio of 35 U.S.C. § 101...more

8/25/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Kappos Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court opinion in Bilski v. Kappos was handed down, the debate over the scope of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has been at times stimulating, complex, comical, and frustrating. Now it...more

8/19/2014 - AOL Bilski Kappos Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. Segin Software, LLC (PTAB 2014)

On April 12, 2013, Segin Software sued Stewart Title and several other parties for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,165,939. The defendants filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requesting post-grant...more

7/24/2014 - Covered Business Method Patents Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Less than four weeks after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the Federal Circuit has used the holding of that case to strike down a patentee's claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101....more

7/15/2014 - Bilski CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

USPTO Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions Regarding Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) wasted no time providing guidance to its examining corps regarding the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Just one week after the Justices...more

6/26/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

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