Michael Borella

Michael Borella

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Personal Web Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Apple filed a successful petition for Inter Partes Review (IPR) of Personal Web Technologies' U.S. Patent No. 7,802,310. In its final written decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) agreed with Apple's contention...more

2/16/2017 - Apple Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Obviousness Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents USPTO

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part II

As discussed in a previous article, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These...more

1/23/2017 - Abstract Ideas Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility CLS Bank v Alice Corp Covered Business Method Patents Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part I

About a week before the holidays, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office quietly published a trio of new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability. These are the latest in a...more

1/20/2017 - Abstract Ideas Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility Bilski CLS Bank v Alice Corp Covered Business Method Proceedings Kappos Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Gust, Inc. v. Alphacap Ventures, LLC (S.D.N.Y. 2016); O2 Media, LLC v. Narrative Science Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2017)

The Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l decision requires the application of a two-part test to determine whether claims are directed to patent-eligible subject matter. One must first determine...more

1/11/2017 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Covered Business Method Patents Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Verint Systems Inc. v. Red Box Recorders Ltd. (S.D.N.Y. 2016)

Plaintiff Verint asserted six patents against Red Box (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,774,854, 5,790,798, 6,510,220, RE43,324, RE43,386, and 8,189,763) in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Red Box rebutted,...more

12/14/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Amdocs sued Openet in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,631,065, 7,412,510, 6,947,984, and 6,836,797. Openet moved for judgment on the pleadings on the grounds that all four...more

11/28/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Federal Circuit Narrows USPTO's Definition of "Covered Business Method" - The America Invents Act (AIA) defines a covered business method (CBM) patent as "a patent that claims a method or corresponding apparatus for...more

11/22/2016 - America Invents Act Covered Business Method Patents Google Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues Memorandum on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

On November 2nd, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an update to its guidance regarding the examination of claims with respect to the patent-eligibility requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 101 (see Memorandum entitled...more

11/3/2016 - Abstract Ideas Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Synopsis, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Synopsys brought a patent infringement action against Mentor Graphics in the Northern District of California, alleging infringement of various claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,530,841, 5,680,318, 5,748,488, and 6,836,420. Claim...more

10/31/2016 - Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility CLS Bank v Alice Corp DDR Holdings v Hotels.com Enfish v Microsoft Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patent-in-Suit Patents

Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Symantec Corp. -- Judge Mayer on the First Amendment

Decided September 30th, this Federal Circuit case is already making waves. The majority opinion seems to be at tension with the Court's outcome in BASCOM Glob. Internet Servs., Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, but the real...more

10/25/2016 - Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility First Amendment Free Speech Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Software USPTO

September Was a Good Month for Patent Eligibility in the District Courts

Anecdotally, there seems to be a loosening up regarding the application of § 101 by the District Courts. The 2014 Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l has been referred to as sounding a death knell for...more

10/17/2016 - Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility CLS Bank v Alice Corp Covered Business Method Patents Enfish v Microsoft Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Software USPTO

Iron Gate Security, Inc. v. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2016)

Iron Gate, holder of U.S. Patent No. 7,203,693, sued Lowe's in the Southern District of New York, alleging infringement. Lowe's moved to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), contending that the claims of the patent failed to meet...more

9/22/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Enfish v Microsoft Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Patentee McRO sued a number of video game developers and publishers in the Central District of California and the District of Delaware for alleged infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,307,576 and 6,611,278. Several of the...more

9/14/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Enfish v Microsoft Oral Argument Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Validity Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Ultramercial v Hulu Video Games

Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2016)

Core Wireless Licensing brought an action against LG Electronics in the Eastern District of Texas. Core contended that LG infringed claim 21 of its U.S. Patent No. 7,804,850. LG moved for summary judgment on the grounds...more

8/31/2016 - Abstract Ideas Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility CLS Bank v Alice Corp Enfish v Microsoft LG Electronics Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Validity Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 Summary Judgment

Of Technical Tools and Problems: Going Beyond the Two-Prong Alice Test

It is abundantly clear that the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision has significantly changed the patent-eligibility landscape for business methods and some types of software inventions. For instance, in...more

8/22/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Computer-Related Inventions Covered Business Method Proceedings Enfish v Microsoft Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 Software Technological Tool Test TLI Communications USPTO

Netsirv v. Boxbee, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

A post grant review (PGR) is an administrative reconsideration of a recent-granted U.S. patent. The proceeding is held in the USPTO, before that body's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A petition for PGR is timely if it is...more

8/19/2016 - Abstract Ideas Claim Construction CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Applications Patent Invalidity Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Post-Grant Review Preponderance of the Evidence Prior Art Section 101

In re Magnum Oil Tools Int'l, Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

McClinton Energy Group filed an inter partes review (IPR) petition against all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,079,413, owned by Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd. The USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted...more

8/15/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Appeals Burden of Proof Burden-Shifting Evidence Fracking Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Intervenors Obviousness Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Petition for Review USPTO

Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Patent owner Electric Power Group asserted U.S. Patent Nos. 7,233,843, 8,060,259, and 8,401,710 against Alstom S.A. and various other parties in the Central District of California. The District Court granted Alstom's motion...more

8/2/2016 - Abstract Ideas Alstom Patent Ownership Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101

Shortridge v. Foundation Construction Payroll Service, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Douglas M. Shortridge, the named inventor of U.S. Patent No. 8,744,933, sued Foundation Construction Payroll Service, LLC ("Foundation") for infringement thereof in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...more

7/25/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Motion to Dismiss Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Payroll Records Section 101

Open Parking, LLC v. Parkme, Inc. (W.D. Penn. 2016)

Every day, millions of people are subjected to a frustrating experience -- finding a place to park their automobiles. Whether at the train station, the sports stadium, a festival, or a popular restaurant, circulating through...more

7/8/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Failure To State A Claim Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss Parking Lots Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101

USPTO Issues Memorandum Regarding Enfish and TLI

On the heels of the Federal Circuit handing down two subject matter eligibility decisions regarding software, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a memo to its examining corps regarding these cases. On May 12,...more

5/27/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Microsoft Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Product of Nature Doctrine Software Patents USPTO

In re TLI Communications LLC Patent Litigation (Fed. Cir. 2016)

This case is notable mainly because it is the first Federal Circuit decision to distinguish itself from Enfish LLC v. Microsoft Corp., and also because it is another reminder that the wall between patentable subject matter,...more

5/23/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Motion to Dismiss Obviousness Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Section 101 and the Growing Alice Backlash

35 U.S.C. § 101 states that "any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof" is patent-eligible. However, the Supreme Court has traditionally...more

5/16/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Some things are rare. A visit from Halley's comet . . . the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series . . . a season of Game of Thrones without a major character's death . . . and a Federal Circuit panel finding claims that pass...more

5/13/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Microsoft Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Peschke Map Technologies LLC v. Rouse Properties Inc. (E.D. Va. 2016)

Plaintiff Peschke Map Technologies ("Peschke") sued Rouse Properties ("Rouse") for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,397,143, directed to a computer-based map navigation and display system. Rouse filed a 12(b)(6) motion to...more

3/23/2016 - Abstract Ideas Claim Construction CLS Bank v Alice Corp Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101

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