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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

REDUCING RISKS: Court Finds Copyright Act Does Not Preempt State Trade Secret Claim

Over the years, it has proven difficult to fit software in any one category of IP protection. And while software’s ability to seemingly transcend patents, copyright, and trade secrets provides software developers and...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

McRO v. Bandai: Latest Federal Circuit § 101 Decision Breathes New Life into Software Patents

The Federal Circuit last week handed down the latest in a series of decisions finding computer-implemented inventions to be patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America, Inc. et al. (Fed....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

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

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

Of Technical Tools and Problems: Going Beyond the Two-Prong Alice Test

It is abundantly clear that the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision has significantly changed the patent-eligibility landscape for business methods and some types of software inventions. For instance, in...more

The Government Whittles Away at Life Sciences Patents

The current U.S. Supreme Court has been noted for its hostility to patent holders in general, but the Supreme Court has been especially hostile to any sort of life sciences or software invention. The Court has attempted to...more

The Mind as Computer Metaphor: Benson and the Mistaken Application of Mental Steps to Software (Part 1)

Of the three recognized judicial exceptions to Section 101—laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas—none has proved more resistant to reasoned judicial analysis than the last. From its inception in Gottschalk v....more

The Mind as Computer Metaphor: Benson and the Mistaken Application of Mental Steps to Software (Part 3)

Part III. Functionalism: A Philosophical Argument In Support Of The Functional Equivalence Of Mental Steps And Computer - Even if UDC did not support the Solicitor General’s argument that “the functions themselves are...more

The Mind as Computer Metaphor: Benson and the Mistaken Application of Mental Steps to Software (Part 2)

The fictional form of the mental steps doctrine arose in Benson, where the Court stated: A digital computer, as distinguished from an analog computer, is that which operates on data expressed in digits, solving a problem...more

Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On March 1, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in a number of related appeals between Blue Calypso, LLC and Groupon, Inc. These related appeals arise from five Covered Business Method (CBM) reviews of five patents...more

Trade Secrets or Patents – Why Software Presents No “One Size Fits All” Solution

There are many ways to obtain intellectual property protection for software creations. Many keep the software code confidential and maintain the software as a trade secret....more

Computer-Implemented Business Methods: Patentable?

In this Presentation: - Patentability of Computer-implemented Business Methods – A Recap - Research Affiliates v Commissioner of Patents - RPL Central v Commissioner of Patents - The Global Context:...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Broadens What Constitutes A Means-Plus-Function Limitation (Williamson V. Citrix)

Yesterday, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Williamson v. Citrix that includes an en banc portion that broadens the circumstances in which claim limitations may be deemed means-plus-function limitations. This appears...more

Back to the ‘Useful Arts’ — Supreme Court Reins in the Expansive Interpretation of Patent Eligibility

Section 8 of the United States Constitution authorizes Congress to “promote the progress of science and the useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings...more

Software Copyrights in an Evolving Digital World

In This Presentation: - Software Copyright & Interoperability - Program Language and Function Calls - An Example API in Java - Oracles’ Pattern of APIs - Google’s Copying - Questions? ..Copyright Issues -...more

Drafting Software Patents In A Post-Alice World [Video]

It has been a challenging year for software patent owners following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Since that ruling was handed down, a large number of software patents have been...more

Post-Alice District Court Decisions Regarding the Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

It has been about 9 months since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the Supreme Court. In that time, many district court and Federal Circuit cases have resulted in grants of summary judgment or dismissal...more

IP & Technology Newsletter (Fall 2014)

The Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. vs. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (decided June 19, 2014) (“Alice”) is an important decision that will have an impact on software and computer-related inventions. In its...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 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

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