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The USPTO’s Response to Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

Six days after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which invalidated certain patents disclosing “a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk,’” the USPTO issued its own...more

High Court Says Computerized Abstract Ideas Not Patent Eligible

In its highly anticipated decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is implemented on a computer....more

The Supreme Court Declines to Categorically Deny Patent Protection for Software

In a highly-anticipated case that had the potential to drastically change the patent landscape surrounding computer-implemented inventions, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l the Supreme Court took a measured approach to the...more

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l: Alice's Supreme Court Brief

On December 6th, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to a case that presents the question of "[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions -- including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of...more

District Courts Staying Cases Pending CLS Bank, but the Federal Circuit Decides One

In December, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp., No. 13-298, in which the question presented by the petitioner is “[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions — including claims to...more

Federal Circuit Holds Computer-Implemented Method Claims Invalid Under Section 101

Although SmartGene, Inc. v. Advanced Biological Laboratories, SA is a non-precedential Federal Circuit decision, it could be interesting for that very reason, if it is a reflection of what the court sees as settled aspects of...more

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Amicus Briefs Filed, Reckoning Day Approaches

Last week, we filed two amicus briefs with the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, one on behalf of Advanced Biological Laboratories (ABL), and one for Ronald M. Benrey (Benrey). It goes without saying that this is the...more

SmartGene, Inc. v. Advanced Biological Laboratories, SA (Fed. Cir. 2014)

While non-precedential, this recent Federal Circuit decision further illustrates the Court's thinking with regard to the patent-eligibility of computer-implemented inventions under 35 U.S.C. § 101, and provides a reminder...more

Top Stories of 2013: #4 to #6

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

Abstract Idea or Real World Software Solution?

On Dec. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in CLS Bank Intl. v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., 717 F.3d 1269 (Fed. Cir. 2013), to address the patent eligibility of computer implemented inventions. For some, the issue is...more

Don’t Discount Computer-Related Inventions from Patentability

There is a general belief that it is not worth applying for patent protection for computer-implemented inventions and software in Europe because the legislation, at first glance, excludes computer programs and business...more

New Zealand Passes Landmark Patent Law Reform

Following on from recent patent law changes in the U.S. and Australia, New Zealand recently passed the Patents Act 2013 (Act). With the passing of this Act, New Zealand patent law has been overhauled and modernised so that it...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2013

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Accenture Global Services, GmbH v. Guidewire Software, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Recipe for a contentious Federal Circuit decision: empanel two judges who have different understandings of the patent-eligibility of computer-related inventions, sprinkle in a claim or two that could be viewed as a pure...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 11, Issue 3 (Summer 2013): Not Just a Flook?:...

On May 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit handed down the much-anticipated en banc decision in CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. This case is perhaps the most important 35 U.S.C. § 101 jurisprudence regarding the patent eligibility of...more

Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2013)

It has been just over a month since the Federal Circuit's fractured en banc ruling in CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. regarding patent-eligibility of computer-implemented inventions under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Last week, the Court...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - April/May 2013

In This Issue: News from the Bench: - Six Ways to Sunday: Recent Federal Circuit Opinion Highlights Uncertainty in the Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions - The Federal Circuit Affirms...more

Closely Watched Appeals Court Ruling Provides Limited Guidance on Future of Computer and Software Patents

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. (CLS), which was expected to clarify the standard for patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions....more

The Broader Meanings of the CLS Bank Decision

Much has and will continue to be written about the Federal Circuit's en banc decision in CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. last week, and most of the commentary has and will be critical of the path the court took in arriving at...more

CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. Leaves Rules for Patent-Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions Unclear

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling on May 10 that may limit the subject matter eligibility of patent claims involving computer-implemented inventions. While legal practitioners had hoped this case,...more

CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2013) (en banc) -- Chief Judge Rader's Concurrence-in-part and Dissent-in-part

A previous post presented the background of this case, as well as Judge Lourie's plurality concurrence. As noted in that post, Alice's claimed inventions involved the reduction of settlement risk using a third-party...more

CLS Bank: A Deeply Divided En Banc Federal Circuit Fails to Rule When Computer Claims are Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On May 10, 2013, the en banc Federal Circuit issued its highly anticipated decision in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., No. 2011-1301, concerning whether computer-implemented method and system claims are patent...more

CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2013) (en banc) -- Judge Lourie's Concurrence

On May 10, the Federal Circuit handed down a much anticipated en banc ruling regarding the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In a per curiam opinion that is perhaps the most...more

Federal Circuit Issues Decision on Section 101 Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On May 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. (Case No. 2011-1301), a closely watched dispute regarding the standard for patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The per...more

Federal Circuit Fails to Set Clear Standard for Patent Eligibility

In an opinion that was poised to set a single standard governing the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions, no majority is reached....more

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