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Testing a Patent Claim against an Abstract Idea, in Response to 35 USC §101 Rejection

USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) rejection of a patent claim, alleging the claim is not significantly more than an abstract idea under 35 USC §101, is a frequent and often frustrating occurrence during patent...more

Automation of Manual Process Is Not a Patentable Improvement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found a software patent directed to automating previously manual processing of loan applications to be ineligible subject matter, because the claims did not amount to a...more

New Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions in India

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On July 3, 2017, revised Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs) were released. The full text of the guidelines may be found here. ...more

Is Software Patentable? Recent US Case Law Offers a Glimmer of Hope

by Field Law on

Many inventions involve software, and many inventors are interested in protecting such inventions with a patent. The question is: are software inventions patentable? Based on recent cases in the United States, the answer is:...more

Computer-Based Publishing Patent Goes Offline after Alice Inquiry

In a recent order from the District of Massachusetts, the court granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a patent infringement dispute, finding the asserted patent claims invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The court’s...more

Analogous Analysis: A Survey of Recent PTAB Decisions Establishing Subject Matter Patent Eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court established the current framework for determining patent-eligible subject matter in Alice. The Alice framework is a two-part test, with step one requiring a determination regarding whether a...more

"Strategies for Litigants in Patent Infringement Cases Using Motions to Dismiss Post-Alice"

Nearly three years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on patent eligibility in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l. The decision, which ushered in an unprecedented wave of cases invalidating...more

New specialized IP Tribunals unveiled in economic powerhouses Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the largely successful establishment of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court has recently also given the green light for the establishment of specialized...more

How Technical Must an Improvement be to Survive 101?

by Knobbe Martens on

The technical nature of a claimed improvement is central to the evaluation of claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Two recent district court opinions illustrate that whether or not the claims describe an improvement in the...more

U.S. Patent Office Provides Additional Examples of Eligible Subject Matter

by Knobbe Martens on

After the Supreme Court case of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, the Patent Office has issued a series of examination guidelines and examples to guide examiners and patent practitioners in determining patent eligible subject...more

Shzoom Requests the Federal Circuit Reissue Trading Technologies as Precedential Opinion

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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)

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

by LeClairRyan on

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

by Morris James LLP on

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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"

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

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

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

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