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A Sea Change after Alice: Recent Court Decisions Show Patents Are Vulnerable under Section 101 Attack

Since 2010, the Supreme Court has issued four decisions on patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In the most recent decision, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court continued the restrictive approach set forth in...more

Who Is Alice and Why Is She Invalidating Patents?

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, clarifying what it means to be patentable subject matter. With one stroke of the pen, the Supreme Court...more

Analysis of Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank.

On June 25, 2014, just six days after the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the USPTO issued its Preliminary Examination Instructions (“Guidance”) in view of the case. ...more

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

There's an old saying that “bad facts make bad law,” acknowledging that a court's decisions regarding extreme cases can result in law poorly adapted to less extreme cases. The Supreme Court's recent trio of 35 U.S.C. § 101...more

What Does the Supreme Court Ruling in Alice v. CLS Mean to a Software Entrepreneur? [Video]

The Supreme Court’s ruling against broadly claimed software patents in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered, which means the controversy and confusion over the scope of patent...more

In re Patel (Fed Cir 2014)

The Supreme Court has made a sport of reversing the Federal Circuit over the past decade or so, and other than reserved (and sometimes not so reserved) statements by members of the lower court, the Federal Circuit has...more

Federal Circuit Review - Nautilus, Limelight, and Alice (July 2014)

Supreme Court Sets New Indefiniteness Standard - In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., Appeal No. 13-169, the Supreme Court vacated and remanded Federal Circuit’s reversal of summary judgment because the...more

The Supreme Court’s Push For Clarity in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court had a busy term, particularly with regard to patent cases, and especially in an effort to provide much needed guidance to the divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court granted...more

Supreme Court Rules Abstract Ideas Implemented on Computer Not Patent-Eligible

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International that patent claims for managing risk in financial transactions disclosed an abstract idea and were thus not...more

What to Know After the Latest Patent Ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed its earlier ruling on patent claims involving computers and software. In light of that decision, companies and inventors that have business methods patents, software...more

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

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