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One Year After Alice

It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. Pty, Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). Although a number of software patents have been invalidated for reciting...more

The USPTO Glossary Pilot Program

On March 24, 2014 the USPTO announced a Glossary Pilot Program following one of the White House’s recommendations aimed at improving clarity and increasing the quality of patents. In view of our last blog post, the Glossary...more

4/4/2014  /  USPTO

Watch out USPTO, JPO is Coming!

The Japanese government has announced an initiative to reduce patent examination time from 2.5 years to about 14 months. When they achieve 14 months examination time, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) will provide the shortest...more

3/31/2014  /  Patent Reform , Patents , USPTO

Patent Trolls: The View From Above the Bridge and the View From Below the Bridge

Non-practicing entities (NPEs), also know as “patent assertion entities” (PAEs) or “patent trolls,” have received much attention recently with two bills in Congress, statements by the President, a Vermont law to curb trolls,...more

Slow Down, You Are Going Too Fast! The CAFC Again Remands Hulu Back to the District Court

After the Supreme Court granted certiorari, vacated and remanded ULTRAMERCIAL, INC. v. HULU, LLC, the District Court dismissed, without interpreting (construing) the claims, for failure to state a claim for which relief can...more

Alice in Patentland II – Can a Look Across the Pond Help?

On May 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued their en-banc opinion(s) on CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. Alice, an Australian corporation, had appealed the decision of the District Court invalidating the claims for not...more

How Sequestration Will Affect the SBIR/STTR Programs

One topic of interest and importance to most entrepreneurs is funding, and one popular form of funding is through SBIRs (the Small Business Innovation Research Programs). My colleague Jesse Erlich focuses much of his practice...more

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