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Where are You, Congress? Alice v. CLS Bank and “The Case Against Patents”

A recent episode of NPR’s “Planet Money” was entitled “The Case Against Patents.” Several notable commentators in that episode questioned whether patents help or hinder innovation, whether history supports the benefits of a...more

Are Computer-implemented Inventions Patent Eligible? Go ask Alice

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice). In Alice, the Court held that several computer-implemented patents were not eligible for patenting under 35...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Business Method Patents: What you need to know about Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The patent claims at issue required using a computer system as a third-party intermediary to facilitate the exchange of financial obligations between two parties to mitigate settlement risk. The patents included method,...more

Alice And The Abstract Idea

On June 19, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. _____ (2014) (Alice) struck down method claims related to mitigating “settlement risk” in financial transactions as...more

Alice Corp.—Through the Looking Glass Darkly

Continuing its recent series of patent law decisions, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International on June 19, 2014. The question before the Court was whether Alice Corp.’s patent claims,...more

USPTO Asks for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Comments by July 31, 2014

In a June 30, 2014 Federal Register notice, the USPTO requested public comments by July 31, 2014 on patent subject matter eligibility under the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...more

USPTO Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions in Light of Alice Corp.

In Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, el al., Case No. 13-298 (decided June 19, 2014) (“Alice Corp.”), the Supreme Court unanimously held that the subject patent claims are not patent-eligible under 35...more

Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court invalidated claims directed to methods and computer systems for using an intermediary to reduce the settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims were invalidated on the...more

Software and Trade Secrets: Rethinking IP Strategies after CLS v. Alice

Historically, the patent system has provided broad protections to software innovations. In the past, software patent holders could prevent competitor infringement without much need for a comprehensive disclosure of the...more

Abstract idea not converted to patentable invention by performance on a computer; Must be applied in an inventive manner

In a unanimous decision on June 19, 2014 authored by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Intl. held that an abstract idea did not become patent-eligible simply by performing that idea on a computer....more

Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Raises More Questions Than Answers

The Supreme Court recently issued its much anticipated decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, unanimously affirming the Federal Circuit's en banc decision finding the method, system, and computer readable medium claims at issue...more

What CLS Bank Taketh, Copyright May Giveth Back

Courts, commentators and clients will be struggling for some time to assess the impact on software patents of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. Interpreted one way, the decision kills patents directed at...more

USPTO Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions Regarding Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) wasted no time providing guidance to its examining corps regarding the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Just one week after the Justices...more

Alice v. CLS Bank: A Unanimous Supreme Court Rules On When Computer Claims are Patent-Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, No. 13-298, addressing the question of when patents claiming aspects of computer software satisfy the...more

How the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Undermines the USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, finding that patents directed to “a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk’” were invalid as being drawn...more

The Name of the Game Remains the Claim

In a long-awaited, patent-law ruling involving a computer-implemented system, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13–298, 2014 WL 2765283 (U.S. June 19, 2014) unanimously affirmed that the claims in that...more

US Supreme Court Rules in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International Case Regarding Software Patentability

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the anxiously awaited Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International case (13-298). The issue in this case was whether a computerized system, method, and computer-readable medium for intermediated...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a prominent patent case regarding subject matter that is not eligible for patent protection. In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, Justice Thomas...more

Alice is Unanimous – The Latest on Software and Business Methods Patents from the U.S. Supreme Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed their earlier ruling on patent claims involving computers and software. For the most part, those companies and inventors who have business methods patents, software...more

Supreme Court on Evaluation of Claims to Computer-Implemented Inventions under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its much anticipated decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International et al., confirming that computer-implemented inventions, such as computer...more

Supreme Court Sets Framework for Determining Software Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International regarding the patent eligibility of basic business methods covered in computer software patents. Writing for the unanimous...more

What Did the Court Really Say About Patent Eligibility?

Implications of Alice v. CLS Bank - Late last week, the United States Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, et al., a case the technology community had hoped would clarify what kinds of...more

Supreme Court Holds in Alice Corp. that Generic Computer Automation of an Abstract Idea Is Not Eligible for Patenting

In a case that could have broad implications for software patents, the Supreme Court last week held that an abstract idea does not qualify for patent protection merely by claiming that the idea can be implemented using a...more

Software Patents Vulnerable: Use of a Computer is "Not Enough"

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l has effectively shut the door on obtaining patent protection for conventional business methods implemented on a computer. However, the decision leaves open...more

Alice Corp. V. CLS Bank Int'l Refines Standard for Software Patents

The Supreme Court on June 19, 2014, set forth a new test that refines the standard to patent computer implemented methods. In Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International, the patents in issue claimed a method for mitigating...more

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