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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

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

District Court Finds Mallinckrodt Patents Claim Unpatentable Natural Phenomena

by Knobbe Martens on

The recent district court ruling in INO Therapeutics LLC et al v. Praxair Distribution, Inc. et al employed the two-step analytical framework of Mayo/Alice to evaluate subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, and the...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

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

Mayo at Five: Eligibility of Diagnostic Method Claims

by Fish & Richardson on

Just over five years ago, the Supreme Court began reshaping the concept of patent-eligible subject matter in the life sciences with its decision in Mayo v Prometheus. Decisions following Mayo – from the Supreme Court to the...more

Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Provide Mixed Messages on Patent Eligible Subject Matter

by Polsinelli on

The Supreme Court’s Alice decision is now more than three years old, however, stakeholders, the courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are still struggling to understand Alice and, in particular, how to determine...more

Cardiovascular Disease Correlation Doesn’t Beat § 101 Challenge

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of whether method claims involving determination of risk of cardiovascular disease based on detection of a particular biomarker pass § 101 muster under the 2014 Supreme Court of the United States decision...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

In a Reversal, Federal Circuit Finds Data Processing Claims Patent-Eligible under Section 101 in Visual Memory v. NVIDIA

Last week, the Federal Circuit held computer memory system patent claims not abstract and thus patent-eligible under Section 101, reversing a lower court dismissal of the case under Rule 12(b)(6).  Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA...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

Does Mayo Preclude the Patenting of Medical Diagnostics?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

On August 4, 2017, the U.S. District Court in the District of Massachusetts found U.S. patent 7267820 (the ‘820 patent), owned by Athena Diagnostics, Inc., to be directed to non-patentable subject matter, and therefore...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

A Look At The USPTO Patent Eligible Subject Matter Report

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 24, 2017, the USPTO issued a 48-page report on Patent Eligible Subject Matter. The report summarizes key court decisions interpreting and applying 35 USC § 101, international views on eligible subject matter, and...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

USPTO Report on Patent Eligible Subject Matter

by BakerHostetler on

On July 25, the USPTO published a new report titled “Patent Eligible Subject Matter: Report on Views and Recommendations From the Public.” The report attempts to synthesize public comments on the appropriate boundaries of...more

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

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