Computer-Related Inventions Patents

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Boilerplate – New Consideration in View of Patent Subject Matter

Can boilerplate language describing possible variations to an invention ever impact validity of a patent? Many software patents include standard “boilerplate” text describing many ways to implement an invention, such as by...more

More Lessons From McRo

My previous blog on McRo focused on the direct aspects of the decision, but there are other excellent points that the court makes and that can be derived from the opinion, and that should play an important role in how the...more

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Support to Software Patents

The federal circuit recently reversed a decision in McRO, Inc. v. DBA Planet Blue that asserted claims in patents at issue, relating to a method for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expression of...more

Federal Circuit Rules That Patent For Animating Lip Synchronization Is Not Abstract Idea, Upholds Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. §...

In a closely-watch case involving the patent-eligibility of a computer-implemented method for automating the process of synchronizing lip movement and facial expressions of a 3-D animated figure to speech, the U.S. Court of...more

In McRO, Federal Circuit Provides Further Guidance on Section 101

Two years after the Central District of California invalidated two 3-D animation patents under Section 101, the Federal Circuit reversed that court’s decision, finding that the lower court oversimplified the claims of a...more

Litigation Alert: The Federal Circuit Forms a Trio of Patent Eligible Subject Matter for Software Methods, Reversing Finding of...

Last week, the Federal Circuit again addressed when claimed methods involving software are too abstract to be patentable. The Federal Circuit in McRO Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America held that a combination of steps using...more

Subject Matter Eligibility May Rest on Whether Software is “Technological”

Two recently issued decisions by federal courts highlight the uncertainty around claims to software-implemented inventions after the Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. Both decisions relate to the patent...more

Automatic Animation Software Method Found Patentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Since the Supreme Court's decision two years ago in Alice v. CLS Bank, courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have found a large percentage of software and computer-related inventions to claim abstract ideas and not...more

Continuing a Recent Trend, the Federal Circuit Again Confirmed that Properly Drafted Software Claims Can be Patent Eligible Under...

Continuing a recent trend, the Federal Circuit recently reversed a determination that claims of a patent are ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In McRO v. Bandai Namco Games America, the Federal Circuit again concluded that...more

Federal Circuit Highlights Claim Construction in Patent Eligibility Analysis

The case demonstrates that the eligibility analysis is highly fact-specific and dependent on properly construed claims. In McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

McRO v. Namco – Fed. Cir. Reverses s. 101 Invalidation of Animation Method Patents

I first posted on this case in September 2014, and urge you to find the post and the district court’s opinion in the Archives. It provides a good – well, adequate– description of the patented technology, which is a method to...more

What the Federal Circuit's Decision in McRO v. Bandai Could Mean for Computer-Based Inventions and Other Innovations

In McRO v. Bandai, the Federal Circuit provides particular guidance and clarity on the issue of preemption, which it describes as “The concern underlying the exceptions to § 101.” In addition to providing another guidepost...more

Federal Circuit is In Sync with Patent’s Validity Under Section 101

The Federal Circuit overturned a District Court ruling that a patent directed to automated lip synchronization and manipulation of animated characters’ facial expressions was invalid under Section 101 as being an abstract...more

McRo: Preemption Matters After All

The Federal Circuit has released its long-awaited opinion in McRo v. Bandai, reversing the lower court’s decision that the claims were ineligible subject matter. McRo’s invention in U.S. 6,307,576 was a method used in 3D...more

Computerized Price Quote Patent Held Invalid Under §101

Alice is clear that inventions drawn to automating well-known concepts are not patent-eligible. However, this area of the law becomes a bit murky when the automated concept is one that involves concrete or physical devices....more

Amazon Defeats Appistry’s Distributed Computing Patents With Finding Of Patent Ineligibility

On July 19, 2016, the District Court for the Western District of Washington (“Court”) dismissed a patent suit because the asserted patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 8,682,959 and 9,049,267) cover ineligible subject matter. See...more

Prior Art Take 2: Finjan and Sophos Gear up for a Second Battle on Whether Prior Art Was Publicly Available

Order Denying Finjan, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Finjan, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-1197 (Judge William Orrick) In a battle that likely felt like déjà vu for the parties, Finjan for the second time...more

AliceStorm in the Dog Days of Summer

Over the past two months, the trends I've discussed in my previous blogs on AliceStorm have continued and become more entrenched. In particular, the Federal Circuit has been quite active, issuing nine decisions since late...more

Navigating 101 Eligibility - Waypoints from the Federal Circuit

Applicants embarking on the journey of preparing and prosecuting a patent application can have a difficult time navigating the ever changing legal waters. One struggle is answering the question, “Are my claims patent...more

Roadmap to Software Patent Eligibility – Continued

Recent Federal Circuit cases provide direction on how to satisfy the PTO or the federal courts that software is eligible for a patent. Some key points include: - New ways of organizing data - New connections...more

Indefiniteness of Means-Plus-Function Claims

Addressing both the circumstances that lead to a claim limitation invoking a means-plus-function construction and indefiniteness issues for means-plus-function claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed...more

Roadmap to Software Patent Eligibility

Recent Federal Circuit cases provide direction on how to satisfy the PTO or the federal courts that software is eligible for a patent. Some key points include: - New ways of organizing data - New connections between...more

Data Transmission Patent Not Invalid Under Alice

Since the decision of Alice v. CLS Bank, courts have routinely invalidated patents for being directed to nothing more than abstract ideas with no inventive concept. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for patent...more

The Importance of the Specification in Alice Challenges

It is axiomatic that the claims of a patent describe the invention, and for Alice challenges, define whether an invention is drawn to an abstract idea without an inventive concept. Of course, claims are construed in light of...more

When Can Common Sense be Relied Upon to Find an Invention Obvious?

All patent practitioners recognize that a single prior art reference can be used to reject claims in an obviousness rejection. However, the issue is whether the Patent Office must provide additional evidence, above and beyond...more

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