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USPTO Issues Memorandum Regarding Enfish and TLI

On the heels of the Federal Circuit handing down two subject matter eligibility decisions regarding software, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a memo to its examining corps regarding these cases. On May 12,...more

Class Dismissed . . . But not Quite: Supreme Court to Review Appealability of Class Certification Denials When Plaintiffs...

Does a federal court have jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider in...more

Abstract Ideas and the USPTO: Examiner Guidance Post Enfish and TLI

On May 19, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a memorandum containing a summary of two recent Federal Circuit decisions along with a directive for how patent examiners should apply the holdings of the...more

Hope For Software Patents In The Post-Alice Landscape

The courts have long been attempting to establish an appropriate framework with which to handle software-based inventions. Even before the Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International numerous tests have...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

USPTO Memo re Enfish v. Microsoft

This is an update to my recent article about the Federal Circuit’s decision in Enfish v. Microsoft. In a memo to the Patent Examining Corps dated May 19, 2016, Deputy Commissioner Robert Bahr said that the Enfish...more

Federal Circuit Limits Applicability of “Abstract Idea” to Claims Directed to “Improvement to Computer Functionality Itself”

The Federal Circuit has issued a decision in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., No. 2015-1244 (Fed. Cir. May 12, 2016) reversing (in-part) a district court decision and, instead, holding that claims directed to...more

A Spring Thaw in the Availability of Patents for Software Inventions?

Patent lawyers, strategists, entrepreneurs and investors in software and Internet enterprises are acutely aware of “the Alice problem.” The Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International caused a chill...more

Light in the Alice Tunnel: Software Claims Found Patentable

On May 12, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation provided much needed guidance for the patent community in finding that software claims were patentable subject matter under...more

Federal Circuit's Enfish is an Important 101 Decision

Applicants for software-related patents will be interested in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in the matter of Enfish v. Microsoft Corp., 2015-1244 (Fed. Cir. May 12, 2016). This decision sheds further...more

Federal Circuit Holds District Court Abstractness Analysis Too Abstract for Alice under 35 USC § 101

Clients in the software space now have stronger arguments for subject matter eligibility, following the Federal Circuit decision in Enfish LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (May 12, 2016). The decision also touches on novelty,...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

How Federal Circuit Provides New Hope for Computer and Software-based Patents in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation

In just its second opinion upholding claims under Alice v. CLS Bank, the Federal Circuit has interpreted Alice in a manner that could save a “substantial class” of inventions from the strikingly-high invalidity rate under the...more

The Federal Circuit Pushes the Pause Button on Section 101 Challenges

Last week, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals imposed important limitations on the post-Alice doctrine of software patent invalidity—patent owners everywhere could be heard sighing in relief. In Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft...more

Federal Circuit Broadens Eligibility Requirements for Software Inventions

Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Clarifies Which Patents are Not Direct to "Abstract Ideas" - Last week, in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., 2016 WL 2756255 (Fed.Cir. 2016), a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the federal...more

Software Patents Aren’t Inherently Abstract—Patent Appeals Court Clarifies and Enhances Software Patent Eligibility

In Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a California district court’s summary judgment that two software patents were directed to an “abstract idea” without...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

CAFC Finds Software Patent Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. §101

The Federal Circuit in Enfish LLC v. Microsoft reverses the California District Court decision that several patents related to a “self-referential” database were invalid as ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101. Overview -...more

Major 101 Decision – Enfish v. Microsoft

Today in Enfish v. Microsoft, the Federal Circuit held software claims patent eligible, reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment on 101. This is a major decision because it is only the second since Alice where...more

Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Some things are rare. A visit from Halley's comet . . . the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series . . . a season of Game of Thrones without a major character's death . . . and a Federal Circuit panel finding claims that pass...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

Are Changes in Store for the Stored Communications Act?

Last week saw action on two fronts regarding the Stored Communications Act (SCA) – the US federal statute regulating government searches of online accounts in criminal investigations. In Congress, a proposal to reform the SCA...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.22.16

US financial regulators dropped some much-anticipated rules yesterday that aim to restrict how “big financial institutions can pay their top executives.” In particular, the rules would make banker wait “at least four years...more

Federal Appeals Court Set to Issue One of the Most Important Privacy Rulings in a Generation

For months, the technology and business communities have been waiting anxiously for a Federal appeals court ruling on whether American companies can be forced to turn over customer information to U.S. law enforcement when...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.21.16

Dealbook’s White Collar Watch gives us a legal take on the many challenges, regulatory and otherwise, facing Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos – NYTimes... The international financial scandal du jour (the Panama Papers) is...more

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