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Software Can Make “Non-Abstract” Improvements To Computer Technology

On November 3, 2014, District Judge Pfaelzer entered summary judgment for Microsoft Corp. (“Microsoft”) in the Central District of California, and held that Enfish, LLC’s (“Enfish”) U.S. Patents 6,151,604 (“the ’604 Patent”)...more

Ariosa Files Opposition to Sequenom’s Cert Petition

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., Natera, Inc., and DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc. have filed briefs in opposition to Sequenom’s petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court for review of the Federal Circuit’s decision holding...more

USPTO Memo Updates Examiner Guidance On Subject Matter Eligibility In View Of Enfish

On May 19, 2016, just weeks after its May 2016 memorandum to examiners providing guidance on subject matter eligibility under § 101, the USPTO issued a new memo updating its guidance to examiners in view of the Federal...more

Latest Post-Alice Guidance from the Federal Circuit

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s finding of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101, as an unpatentable abstract idea, of a software patent concerning a “self-referential” database in Enfish v....more

Federal Circuit Finds Software Patent Not Abstract

Reversing a district court holding, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that two patents directed to a method for organizing data in a computer database did not claim an unpatentable...more

New USPTO Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Natural Products

The new USPTO patent eligibility examples include two examples for “natural products” based inventions which appear to be consistent with the examples provided in the December 2014 set of patent eligibility examples. Although...more

USPTO releases new guidelines on subject matter eligibility for patenting: key points to navigate the rules

The United States Supreme Court’s recent rulings about what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter have raised substantial uncertainty around whether certain inventions are an “abstract idea, law of nature, or natural...more

Back to the Future of §101

David Kappos, the former director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (2009-2013), thinks that “[i]t’s time to abolish §101.” Kappos made these comments at the Federal Circuit Judicial Conference in Washington, DC,...more

USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examples for Life Sciences

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently provided updated guidance regarding the patent eligibility of subject matter related to natural products. The updated guidance may be of interest to companies...more

U.S. Patent Office Issues New Examples of Patent Eligibility Analysis of Life Sciences Claims

On May 4, 2016, the United States Patent Office published a subject matter eligibility update for determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Update supplements the previous guidelines and includes additional...more

Eastern District of Texas Finds Website Labeling Patent Invalid Under §101

Nearly one third of all patent cases filed in the United States are heard by a single judge - J. Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas. Many of these cases involve e-commerce or other internet-based patents such...more

New USPTO Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Methods

The patent eligibility examples published by the USPTO on May 5, 2016 include two new examples relating to diagnostic methods and two new examples relating to “nature-based” products. This article will consider the diagnostic...more

New (and Improved?) PTO Guidelines on Biotech Patent-Eligibility

The PTO has released a new set of life sciences’ examples to teach Examiners how and when to reject claims and, hopefully, teach the patent bar how to write allowable claims. (A copy if found at the end of this...more

USPTO Releases Next Iteration of Examiner Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

On May 5, 2016, the USPTO released an update to its examiner guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. The update includes a new set of life science examples, a memorandum to the patent examining corps with instructions...more

May 2016 Update to Examiner Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

A Federal Register notice is scheduled to publish on May 6, 2016 updating the 2014 interim guidance on patent subject matter eligibility and the July 2015 update on subject matter eligibility. On May 4, 2016, a related...more

District Court Applies Mayo To Treatment Claims But Denies Motion To Dismiss BMS Keytruda Litigation

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware accepted Merck’s arguments that method of treatment patents asserted by BMS against its Keytruda product “touch[] upon a natural phenomenon” such that they should be...more

Having A Bad Hair Day? The Federal Circuit Agrees That Method Of Cutting Hair Is Invalid Under 101

While I do not usually write about non-precedential decisions, In re: Brown caught my eye as an interesting patent eligibility case. It does not relate to diagnostics or computer programs, but rather to the art of cutting...more

Justice Breyer to Diagnostic Test Patentees – “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.”

Kevin Noonan recently posted an article entitled “The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer” that demonstrates, via Breyer’s quotes during various oral arguments, his suspicion that the patent system is, for example,...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2016

Mankes v. Vivid Seats Ltd. (No. 2015-1909, 4/22/16) (Taranto, Schall, Chen) - Taranto, J. Vacating judgment on the pleadings dismissing cases for inadequately pleading divided infringement and remanding for...more

Will The Celsis Appeal Put An End To 101 Rejections Of Laboratory Method Claims?

On April 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., where the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held invalid claims directed to a “method of...more

Novel Applications of Natural Laws Remain Unpatentable Under 35 USC §101

In Genetic Technologies (GTG), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held the line in the patent eligibility saga in the field of biotechnology. GTG asserted U.S. Patent No. 5,612,179 against Merial and...more

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Limits on Diagnostic Method Patents

Arguing that the current state of the law weakens the patent system and poses a danger to life science innovators, biotechnology company, Sequenom, Inc., has filed a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the...more

Another Diagnostic Patent Falls Under 101

In Genetic Techs Ltd v Merial LLC (Fed. Cir., April 8, 2016), the Federal Circuit invalidated yet another diagnostic patent for failing to satisfy 35 U.S.C. § 101 on the ground that the claims recite nothing more than a law...more

Methods Exploiting Junk DNA May Be Useful But Lack Patent Eligibility

Striking another blow against patent eligibility in the field of biotechnology, the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that methods that use “junk DNA” to detect genetic variations lack patent eligibility under 35...more

Discoveries Are Not Patentable.

In Genetic Technologies Limited v. Merial LLC. [2015-1202, -1203] (April 8, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court dismissal for failure to state a claim and entry of final judgment that claims 1–25 and 33–36...more

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