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More Lessons From McRo

My previous blog on McRo focused on the direct aspects of the decision, but there are other excellent points that the court makes and that can be derived from the opinion, and that should play an important role in how the...more

The Promise And Pitfalls Of 3D Printing

3D printing offers great promise for innovation and manufacturing, but this tool has expanded the scope of patented products that can be easily and cheaply copied, and may make it harder to identify and prosecute infringers....more

Update on Patent Eligibility Decisions for First Quarter, 2016

Here are the updated numbers for #Alicestorm in the first quarter of 2016. First, the overall trend of decisions...more

USPTO Updates Alice Guidance with Examiner Instructions, More Work Needed

On May 4, the USPTO issued a new memorandum for patent examiners, “Formulating a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection and Evaluating the Applicant's Response to a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection” (“Examiner...more

Navigating the Needle’s Eye: Patenting Games of Chance

Are card games or other games of chance patentable? Does it matter whether the game is played in the physical realm (e.g., using physical cards, dice, etc.) or in the virtual realm on a computer display? A recent decision...more

Mortgage Grader, Inc. v. First Choice Loan Services Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Financial Services Patent Claims Invalid - On January 20, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in the case captioned Mortgage Grader, Inc. v. First Choice Loan Services Inc., NYLX, Inc. This case involves patent...more

The “Smart Phone” Wars – Episode VII: Will the Force of the Supreme Court Awaken?

Design patents protect the ornamental features of utilitarian objects, that is, the uniqueness of aesthetic features, form, or configuration of products. Design patents can be a significant weapon in the intellectual...more

Why Business Methods Are Difficult to Patent

Although the general rule (based on 35 USC section 101) is that anything made by humans is patentable, there are exceptions. Laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable. Inventions that fall in...more

Overview of Comments on the USPTO's July 2015 Update to the Interim Examination Guidance

In late July, the USPTO issued its July 2015 Update to the 2014 Interim Section 101 Patent Eligibility Guidance (IEG). The July 2015 Update addresses a number of the issues and concerns raised in the public comments to the...more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: NYIPLA

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

Using the Internet to Make Phone Calls is Not Patent Eligible

In Telinit Technologies, LLC Alteva, Inc., [2:14-cv-369] (E.D. Tex. September 21, 2015), Judge Shroeder granted Judgment on the Pleadings that U.S. Patent Number 6,192,123 on a Method and Apparatus for Initiating Telephone...more

Guest Post -- On Ariosa and Natural Products

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at the annual meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy in Colorado. Members of this scientific association are dedicated to identifying and isolating natural products from...more

July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("Eligibility Update"). This update provides recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those in the...more

Further Guidance from the PTO

And yet diagnostic methods are still wandering in the wilderness… The PTO has issued yet another revision of its Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance for Examiners. The ?rst of these Guidance documents arrived in March...more

Federal Circuit Finds Revolutionary Non-Invasive Fetal DNA Test Method Unpatentable Under Mayo

On June 12, 2015, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. et. al. v. Sequenom, Inc. et. al., the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated claims in U.S. Patent 6,258,540 directed to methods for detecting paternally inherited...more

Protecting food industry innovations as the scope of patentable subject matter narrows

Strong intellectual property increases the value of a company. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets are some avenues to protect intellectual property, but understanding when they’re available and understanding...more

Post-Alice Patents in Ecommerce, Banking and Finance

Where are the post-Alice business method patents? Between January 1, 2015 and January 23, the USPTO issued 247 patents in class 705, the overall business methods classification. I reviewed the file histories of every...more

Has the Machine-or-Transformation Test Returned to Prominence in Patent Cases?

The machine-or-transformation test was once the gatekeeper of patent eligibility, but that reign ended in 2010 when the Supreme Court stated in Bilski that it is not the sole test for determining patentability. By 2013 the...more

Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract ?

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas”...more

CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347...more

Post-Alice, has the Fed Circuit suggested another subject matter eligibility test?

Last month, the Federal Circuit issued its latest decision on the issue of patent eligible subject matter. The decision in that case, Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC, was far from earth shattering. With scant analysis, the...more

Alice was a Game-Changer: Federal Circuit Changes Course on Advertising Patent

The third time is the charm in Ultramercial v. Hulu: After twice finding that an advertising method patent was directed to patent eligible subject matter, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s third Ultramercial...more

The Supreme Court Revisits Patent Eligible Subject Matter in Alice v. CLS Bank

The Supreme Court recently addressed the question of patent eligibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act, holding a software patent in the financial services industry invalid for failing to meet the minimum requirements of...more

IP Newsflash - September 2014 #2

Airline Rewards Conversion Method Invalid Under Alice and Bilski - On September 2, 2014, Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that two patents on a...more

I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court opinion in Bilski v. Kappos was handed down, the debate over the scope of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has been at times stimulating, complex, comical, and frustrating. Now it...more

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