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Post-Alice District Court Decisions Regarding the Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

It has been about 9 months since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the Supreme Court. In that time, many district court and Federal Circuit cases have resulted in grants of summary judgment or dismissal...more

Comments on USPTO’s Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance (Part 2)

The Preemption Requirement - Preemption is the core concern that drives the Court’s “exclusionary principle”. The Supreme Court in Alice stated...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part III

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received...more

Patenting Stem Cells in View of the USPTO’s New Interim Guidance

Late last year, the USPTO issued its modified and revised 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (Interim Guidance) to assist patent examiners and the public in determining if a claim presented for...more

Are U.S. Law Idiosyncrasies Destroying Your PCT Applications?

Suppose a business’s patent strategy makes studied use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty application: draft one master application to serve as the basis for filing throughout the world. Coverage is required in the United...more

Limitations Drawn from Specification Not Enough to Overcome § 101 - Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. v. CheckFree...

Addressing subject matter eligibility of four covered business method patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that four patents were invalid in light of Alice Corp.,...more

Twenty-Two Ways Congress Can Save Section 101

In the seven months since Alice Corp. Pty. v. CLS Bank Int’l was decided, over one hundred patents have been invalidated for claiming ineligible subject matter, more than the total number of patents invalidated under Section...more

Federal Circuit Chips Away At Patentable Subject Matter

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has applied the Supreme Court’s test for unpatentable abstract ideas to patents covering methods to determine a person’s likelihood of getting certain types of cancer....more

Assessing the Validity of Food Processing Patents, Post-Alice

Patent eligibility is in a state of flux. Software and business method innovations challenge the boundary of what is patentable under U.S. law. That dividing line is crossed when inventors claim exclusive rights in what...more

IP Newsflash - February 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - PTAB’s Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Affirmed by Fed. Circuit in First Ever IPR Appeal - On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC)...more

"Federal Circuit Wrestles With Patent Eligibility of Internet-Based Business Methods"

When are Internet-based business methods eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101? In 2014, the Supreme Court laid the groundwork for the Federal Circuit to grapple with this question, when it decided Alice Corp....more

Blueprint Generation Software Not Eligible for Patenting

Speeding up a blueprint generation process that can be done by hand does not make computer software eligible for patenting. So reasoned the New Hampshire district court in another of a bevy of post-Alice district court...more

USPTO Provides Example Patent Eligible Software Claims

After the Alice decision last summer by the Supreme Court, a large number of business method and software patents have been invalidated or found unpatentable by federal courts and the Patent Office as being drawn to abstract...more

Solving Problems Unique to the Internet May Be Patent-Eligible - DDR Holdings, LLC, v. Hotels.com, L.P.

In another decision sculpting the contours of what is patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit determined that an invention that combined one webpage with a...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

IP Newsflash - January 2015 #4

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Akin Gump Wins Section 101 Motion to Dismiss, Invalidating 887 Patent Claims - Following Supreme Court precedent set forth in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, Judge Sleet...more

Pro-Patent Coalition Writes Letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees

Last week, what is described as "a broad coalition" representing patent holders and inventors sent a letter to Representatives Bob Goodlatte (VA, 6th) and John Conyers (MI, 13th), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of...more

USPTO Issues Post-Alice Abstract Idea Examples

On January 27, the USPTO provided its promised set of examples of patent-eligible and patent-ineligible claims relating to the abstract idea exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101, in light of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. These examples...more

Some Patents May Survive Alice and Myriad

Guidance published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December 16, 2014 indicates a slight softening in its position regarding patentable subject matter. The patent community has been hard hit in the last few...more

Arguing a Post-Alice §101 “Abstract Idea” Rejection during Patent Prosecution

Since the Federal and Supreme Court rulings in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., we have seen some issued patents invalidated on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter directed to an...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2015

RAND Commitment Relevant to Damages - In ERICSSON, INC. v. D-LINK SYSTEMS, INC., Appeal Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, and -1633, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the district court’s judgment...more

Breath of Fresh Air: Software Patent Upheld After Alice

Last Friday in a note to subscribers, I predicted, tongue-in-cheek, an 80% probability that #AliceStorm would continue this morning.  Some days I’m glad to wrong. Today is one of those days. Yes, a patent eligibility decision...more

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Increasing Involvement In Patent Law

In 1982, the U.S. congress formed a new specialised appeals court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or “CAFC,” and transferred responsibility for patent appeals from the various regional courts of appeal to this...more

Can Digital Healthcare Innovation Be Patented? Eligibility of Digital Healthcare Technologies Under the New USPTO Eligibility...

Digital healthcare, the confluence of digital technology with medical and other biological fields, has become an ever-increasing presence in our daily lives. Ideas that seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago (such as...more

Ultramercial Requests En Banc Review

Two months ago, in a long-awaited decision, the Federal Circuit invalided Ultramercial's U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545, directed to online video advertisements, as lacking patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Court...more

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