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Return to Sender: Mail Tracking with Barcodes and URLs Found Not Patent Eligible

In Secured Mail Solutions LLC v. Universal Wilde, Inc., No. 16-1728 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 16, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal for failure to state a claim, finding that Secured Mail’s patents were...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

The Circuit affirms the decision in Secured Mail v. Universal to dismiss an infringement case under Rule 12(b)(6), holding that all of the asserted claims of the seven patents are directed to patent-ineligible subject matter....more

Three Years of Alice: Federal Circuit Cases Upholding Patent Eligibility Under Alice Step 1

It has now been over three years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its transformative patent decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. During that time, the Federal Circuit has issued only a precious few decisions upholding...more

Guide to the U.S. Patent Office’s Materials on Subject Matter Eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

Since 2014, the USPTO has periodically issued examination guidance, analysis examples, and other insights to guide evaluation of patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These documents are available on the...more

Broadsoft, Inc. v. Callwave Communications, LLC (D. Del. 2017)

Telephone Call Processing Patent Claims Found Invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 - In the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Plaintiff filed a declaratory judgment action on seeking a declaration that...more

USPTO Update on Patent-Eligibility for Life Science Inventions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 2nd 2017, the USPTO hosted a Bicoastal Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership that focused on the USPTO’s current thinking on patent-eligibility. The meeting followed the USPTO’s June 25th, 2017...more

Shearman & Sterling’s Digest on Federal Circuit Jurisprudence Concerning the “Abstract Idea” Exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

At first glance, the development of Section 101 jurisprudence appears chaotic. The Supreme Court captured several different kinds of problems in Alice and its earlier patentable-subject-matter opinions, and the Federal...more

Patent Eligibility Pointers from the Federal Circuit – Part I

What characteristics of a claim do the courts use to determine if a claimed invention meets the statutory requirements under 35 USC §101? This question has been vexing patent attorneys for years, with the question becoming...more

Surviving Alice with an Appeal

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This third article in the “Surviving Alice” series examines how the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 Alice decision. It also shows how applicants can use the PTAB’s...more

Video Game Network Patent Found to Be Patent Eligible – Not an Abstract Idea

The Federal District Court in Delaware recently denied a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case involving a video game networking technology patent based on the patent allegedly being invalid for lack of...more

Visual Memory v. Nvidia – Configurability of memory system found to be a basis for patent-eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

The Federal Circuit recently decided a patent subject-matter eligibility case relating to computer memory in Visual Memory LLC v. Nvidia Corp. In a divided opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held...more

Preemption is “Part and Parcel” of the §101; But Lack of Preemption Does Not Necessarily Establish Patentability

In Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, [2016-1502] (August 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that the US Postal Service had standing to challenge Return Mails patents in an CBMR, and...more

Alice Strikes Again: Patent for Biometric Identification and Verification System Invalidated as Directed to a “Well-Known” Idea...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, IQS US, Inc. et al. v. Calsoft Labs, Inc., et al., N.D. Ill. (August 18, 2017) (Judge Joan H. Lefkow) - Late last month, we reported on an Order from the Southern District of Texas...more

Audatex North America, Inc. v. Mitchell International, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

On July 27, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Audatex North America, Inc. v. Mitchell International, Inc., upholding the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board's (PTAB) decision in which...more

Preventing Identity Theft—A Tale as Old as Time According to Judge Palermo When She Invalidated Patent Claims for Identity Theft...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Summary Judgment in favor of Defendants, Mantissa Corp. v Ondot Systems, Inc., et al, S.D. Tex. (August 10, 2017) (Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo) - Litigants continue to use Alice and its progeny as a...more

Federal Circuit Finds Visual Memory's Patent Claims Directed to an Improved Computer

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On appeal of the district court’s dismissal of Visual Memory, LLC’s patent infringement complaint against NVIDIA Corporation, the Federal Circuit concluded that the patent claims are directed to an improved computer memory...more

Federal Circuit Finds Improvement to Computer Memory Systems is Patent Eligible, and Not an “Abstract Idea” Under Alice, reversing...

On August 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA Corp. that provides a favorable decision applicants and patentees can rely upon in seeking to obtain and defend patent claims directed...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Visual Memory v. Nvidia reverses the grant of a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), ruling that the claims recite an enhanced computer memory system and not an abstract idea under § 101. In Georgetown Rail v. Holland, the...more

Clarity in §101: Half of the Judges Considering the Question Find Plaintiff’s Computer Memory System to be Patentable Subject...

In Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA Corp., [2016-2254] (August 15, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s determination that Visual Memory’s U.S. Patent No. 5,953,740, on a memory system with programmable...more

Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

When considering the patent-eligibility of claims, size usually matters. Claims that are longer and recite more detailed inventions tend to be more likely to survive 35 U.S.C. § 101 challenges than those that are shorter and...more

Testing a Patent Claim against an Abstract Idea, in Response to 35 USC §101 Rejection

USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) rejection of a patent claim, alleging the claim is not significantly more than an abstract idea under 35 USC §101, is a frequent and often frustrating occurrence during patent...more

District Court Awards Attorney’s Fees after Holding That Plaintiff Had Repeatedly Sought to Avoid a Section 101 Ruling

by Knobbe Martens on

In Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Hall Enterprises, Inc., a district court recently held that a patent infringement case was “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 and the defendant was entitled to recover attorney fees and costs...more

Automation of Manual Process Is Not a Patentable Improvement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found a software patent directed to automating previously manual processing of loan applications to be ineligible subject matter, because the claims did not amount to a...more

Dialware Communications, LLC v. Hasbro, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2017)

In the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Dialware Communications sued Hasbro, Inc. alleging that Hasbro's Furby toys infringe on five patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,183,929 (the "'929 Patent"),...more

Multi-level Encryption Patent Survives § 101 Challenge in District Court

by Knobbe Martens on

On May 23, 2017, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“District Court”) denied a motion for summary judgment that the patent claims asserted in a lawsuit brought by TecSec, Inc. (“TecSec”) are invalid...more

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