In this issue:

- Software Patents Put to the Test – a Bad Sign for Trolls?

- Sowing the Seeds of Patent Infringement

- FTC vs. POM Wonderful: Trench Warfare

- Anything You Can Clean, I Can Clean Better

- Announcements And Reminders

- Excerpt from: Software Patents Put to the Test – a Bad Sign for Trolls?

One of the challenges presented by software patents, which are commonly asserted by so-called patent assertion entities (aka, patent trolls), is determining what the patent covers. Often the invention is described in vague terms that are difficult to decipher. A recent Federal Circuit decision involving online advertising patents may force patent applicants to describe their invention with particularity and assist in invalidating unduly vague patents.

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