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Dietary Supplement Patents Swallowed by the Products of Nature Exception

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

It has been just over three years since the U.S. Supreme Court adopted a threshold test for determining patentable subject matter eligibility under §101 in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l. 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). This...more

Diagnostic and Personalized Medicine Claims — Strategies for Navigating the §101 Minefield

In Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostic LLC, the Federal Circuit (CAFC) dealt another blow to the patent eligibility of diagnostic methods and the growing field of personalized medicine....more

District Court Invalidates Dietary Supplement Patents On Motion To Dismiss

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California invalidated several dietary supplement product and method patents as being directed to ineligible subject matter, even though they claimed products providing a...more

Digital Media Technologies, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Fla. 2017)

When a district court judge states that "[o]ne could say this case is about a patent that claims too much and a legal test that provides too little," it is not hard to guess which way the case is going to go (the patent gets...more

Easyweb v. Twitter and the Rise of the Non-Precedential Opinion

by Knobbe Martens on

In a non-precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the claims at issue in Easyweb Innovations, LLC. v. Twitter, Inc. (“Easyweb”) were directed to patent-ineligible subject matter....more

Make Patents Great Again (or at least Make them STRONGER)

Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono have introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, proposing a large number of improvements to U.S. patent law. While the Bill does a lot to improve patents from an inventor’s...more

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex...more

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Directed to Securing Financing Patent Ineligible

by Knobbe Martens on

In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) in a covered business method review proceeding that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,950,807 for providing...more

AIPLA Legislative Proposal to Overrule Recent §101 Caselaw

by Knobbe Martens on

With the continuing uncertainties regarding application of the subject matter eligibility standard enumerated in 35 U.S.C. §101 by both courts and the U.S. Patent Office, organizations that have an interest in clarifying the...more

Missed opportunity: Federal Circuit Again Offers No Clarifying Insight on Alice’s Two-Step Framework

On June 16, the Federal Circuit upheld the District Court’s decision in The Cleveland Clinic Found. V. True Health Diagnostics. Plaintiffs brought suit alleging Defendant infringed three patents (U.S. Patent Nos....more

Providing a Service Alone is not Contributory Infringement

In the Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, [2016-1766](June 16, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed that the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,223,552; 7,459,286; and 8,349,581 are not directed to...more

Is Software Patentable? Recent US Case Law Offers a Glimmer of Hope

by Field Law on

Many inventions involve software, and many inventors are interested in protecting such inventions with a patent. The question is: are software inventions patentable? Based on recent cases in the United States, the answer is:...more

Cleveland Clinic Decision Highlights Catch-22 Of Personalized Medicine Patents

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Federal Circuit decision in Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, strikes another blow against the patent eligibility of diagnostic methods and highlights the difficulty of enforcing personalized...more

Computer-Based Publishing Patent Goes Offline after Alice Inquiry

In a recent order from the District of Massachusetts, the court granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a patent infringement dispute, finding the asserted patent claims invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The court’s...more

Estoppel in CBMR is Both Reviewable and Determined on a Claim by Claim Basis

In Credit Acceptance Corp. v. Westlake Services, [2016-2001](June 9, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB decision that Westlake was not estopped to bring a Covered Business Method Review challenge to U.S. Patent No....more

Examiner Citations of Smartgene, Cyberfone Drop After McRo Memo

by Fenwick & West LLP on

After Alice, the USPTO's various guidance memoranda included references to non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, particularly Smartgene, Cyberfone, and Planet Bingo, as examples of patent-ineligible subject matter. ...more

Federal Circuit Review | May 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Affirms Different Invalidity Results at PTAB and District Court - In Novartis AG v. Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc., Appeal Nos. 2016-1678, 2016-1679, the Federal Circuit held that prior judicial opinions...more

#AliceStorm: April Update and the Impact of TC Heartland on Patent Eligibility

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision on patent venue, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, may actually turn out to be a good thing for patentees when it comes to Section 101. But before we get to that, let’s do the...more

Alternative Facts on Patent-Eligibility from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

The textbook policy rationale for the existence of a patent system is a quid-pro-quo -- a tradeoff in which an inventor is granted a time-limited property right over his or her invention in return for disclosing it to the...more

RecogniCorp v. Nintendo—Alice Keeps Playing at the Federal Circuit

In the nearly three years since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the Federal Circuit has analyzed the issue of patent-eligibility in the context of numerous distinct technologies. The court’s precedent...more

AIPLA Proposes New 101 to Save the Patent System

The AIPLA has proposed a new Section 101: 35 U.S.C. § 101—Inventions Patentable - (a) Eligible Subject Matter.— Whoever invents or discovers any useful process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or any...more

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex...more

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Directed to Encoding and Decoding Image Data Patent-Ineligible

by Knobbe Martens on

The Federal Circuit recently held in RecogniCorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2016) that claims directed to encoding and decoding image data were not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. This ruling further...more

Some Cardiac Monitoring Patents Beat Alice Challenge, While Others Fail to Survive

In the time since Alice changed the landscape of patent eligibility for certain types of inventions, the Federal Circuit has begun pumping out opinions interpreting this landmark Supreme Court case. The expanding body of law...more

Surviving Alice in the e-Commerce Arts

by Fenwick & West LLP on

As has been well documented, the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions. This second article in our series explores the dynamics...more

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