Computer-Related Inventions Patents

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Shzoom Requests the Federal Circuit Reissue Trading Technologies as Precedential Opinion

On January 18, 2017 the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Trading Technologies Int’l., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., its first decision finding a user interface to be patent eligible subject matter. The court designated the opinion...more

Federal Circuit Invalidates Claim to Generating “Financial Risk” Reports

In the recent decision of Clarilogic v. Formfree Holdings, the Federal Circuit invalidated the patentee’s (Formfree) claim to a “computer-implemented method for providing certified financial data indicating financial risk...more

Improved Computer Functionality Argument Fails 101 Eligibility Test in Evolutionary Intelligence

Not all abstract ideas fall under the scrutiny of 35 USC 101. Over the past year, the CAFC has chipped away at the granite façade that is 35 USC 101 issuing several opinions finding abstract ideas to be patent eligible under...more

Supreme Court: Supplying a Single Component of a Patented Invention from the U.S. Is Not Infringement Under Section 271(f)(1)

Today, in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., the Supreme Court held that a single component of a patented invention, even if “important,” does not trigger liability for infringement under Section 271(f)(1) of the...more

Federal Circuit Rules Software Patent for a User Interface is Patentable Subject Matter

In the recent decision Trading Technologies International, Inc., v. CQG, Inc. et al., the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's ruling that a software patent on a graphical user interface was patentable subject matter,...more

Federal Circuit Knocks Out Patents After CBM Challenge

Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc., 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents relate to synchronous communication systems...more

PTAB Finds Claims Directed to an MRI Machine Patent-Ineligible

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently held in Ex parte Itagaki and Nishiara (PTAB 2016) that claims reciting a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus are directed to ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Surviving Alice in the Finance Arts

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (“Alice”)[i] has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions, especially in the finance arts (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.). ...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Eligibility of Financial Services Software Patent

The Federal Circuit, in Trading Technologies Intl., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., affirmed a district court decision holding that two patents related to a method and system for the electronic trading of stocks, bonds, futures, options,...more

Court Considers 29 Motions Relating To Five Patents-In-Suit

Robinson, J. 29 motions regarding various data devices and computer-related technologies including: ATA device control; method for configuring an intelligent low power serial bus; memory architecture and devices, systems and...more

Specification as a Tool for Patent Eligibility Analysis

In a recent article, we discussed how courts have used patent specifications in finding that patents satisfy the Supreme Court’s Mayo/Alice test. However, the specification may be a double-edged sword. Language in the...more

Exploring the Legal Contours of Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

I'd like to go back to some first principles and history. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution neatly divided the promotion of, on the one hand: Science, the fields of knowledge and ideas, by securing exclusive...more

Improving Patent Eligibility for Your Software Despite the Prohibition of Patent Protection for "Abstract Ideas"

As technologies advance, the Patent Office (as well as the Nation’s courts) must utilize Section 101 of the Patent Act to place reasonable limitations on patent eligibility to ensure that our patent system balances the...more

USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...more

A Compelling Invention Story May Support Patent-Eligibility

The Mayo/Alice two-step patent-eligibility framework focuses on the patent claims. Nevertheless, recent Federal Circuit decisions have relied on patent specification statements to support holdings that the claims are...more

Determining Patent Eligibility Pre-Claim Construction May Be Premature

For the third time in two months, the Federal Circuit took on patent subject-matter eligibility in Amdocs (ISRAEL) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc. In a divided opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held...more

Federal Circuit Rules that Patents Directed to Collecting and Filtering Network Data Are Eligible, Further Refining Alice/Mayo...

Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 2015-1180 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2016) - In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revisited the vexing problem of assessing patent eligibility...more

Video Upload Facilitation Patents Invalid Under Alice Framework

On November 10, 2016, Judge David C. Godbey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas held that two video upload patents were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The patents, owned by Youtoo...more

Federal Circuit Split On Specification's Role In Determining Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed a district court ruling that four related software patents are patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101, by considering the specification to determine that the...more

Federal Circuit Judges Disagree Over Contours of Section 101

The increased prominence of Section 101 in computer-related patent disputes stems from the Supreme Court case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. Before Alice reached the Supreme Court, ten judges of the Federal Circuit considered...more

Software as Patentable Subject Matter Post Alice

The issue of patent eligible subject matter under 35 USC § 101 affects many different types of inventions including those which incorporate software technology for controlling conventional machines and devices. Although the...more

Patentee's Day of Thanks Comes in Early November: Assessment of the USPTO's Recent Memorandum Regarding Patent Eligibility for...

A recent U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps, in combination with precedential cases from the Federal Circuit, provides positive guidance to owners of software patents and patent...more

Court Recommends Denying Motions To Dismiss

Burke. M. J. Report and recommendation recommending that defendants’ motions to dismiss based on section 101 non-patent-eligible subject matter be denied. The disputed patent relates to methods and devices for managing a...more

Software Patents – Not a Waste of Money After All?

Since the Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, that a specific software algorithm was ineligible for patent protection, rumors abound that all software-related inventions are unpatentable. Although...more

You’ll Have To Be More Specific When Crafting That Generic Claim

Recent § 101 jurisprudence regarding tech inventions can be distilled down to two words: be specific. That’s a problem for patents in the tech space, because they are not specific at all, claiming inventions using broad...more

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