Research Corporation Technologies v. Microsoft

Decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 12/8/2010

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CAFC interprets Bilski Supreme Court decision of June 2010 regarding what is "abstract" and hence not eligible for consideration of patentability:

"In refocusing the eligibility inquiry on the statute, the Supreme Court advised that section 101 eligibility should not become a substitute for a patentability analysis related to prior art, adequate disclosure, or the other conditions and require-ments of Title 35. In other words, section 101 does not permit a court to reject subject matter categorically because it finds that a claim is not worthy of a patent."

"With that guidance, this court also will not presume to define “abstract” beyond the recognition that this disqualifying characteristic should exhibit itself so manifestly as to override the broad statutory categories of eligible subject matter and the statutory context that directs primary attention on the patentability criteria of the rest of the Patent Act.

"The invention presents functional and palpable applications in the field of computer technology. These inventions address “a need in the art for a method of and apparatus for the halftone rendering of gray scale images in which a digital data processor is utilized in a simple and precise manner to accomplish the halftone rendering.”

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Published In: Intellectual Property Updates

Reference Info:Decision | Federal, Federal Circuit, Patent | United States

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