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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

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

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

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

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

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

The Internet of Things: Evaluating the Interplay of Interoperability, Industry Standards, and Related IP Licensing Approaches...

We recently published a client alert on January 26, 2016 that addressed some of the more significant Internet of Things (“IoT”) -specific standards and initiatives and emphasized the importance of interoperability as central...more

Microsoft Sway: PowerPoint is Dead! Long Live PowerPoint!

Litigator’s Toolbox: PowerPoint or… There is no denying that, along with a good trial presentation database, PowerPoint is an integral part of the litigator’s toolbox. PowerPoint is the claw hammer that drives your point...more

Fed Circuit Reverses PTAB Decision in IPR Proceeding

On June 16, the Federal Circuit issued its first-ever reversal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in an America Invents Act post-grant proceeding. The opinion, drafted by Chief Judge Prost and joined by CAFC Judge...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

Is Hosting Microsoft Products via Third Parties a Good Option?

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Christopher Barnett,, helps you answer whether hosting Microsoft products through third parties is a good option for your company....more

IP Newsflash - November 2014

Central District of California Clarifies the Section 101 Analysis and Finds Another Two Patents Invalid - On November 3, 2014, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California spent the better part of...more

Microsoft Audit Roadmap

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Christopher Barnett, reviews the typical path of a Microsoft audit....more

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Software End-Users

Are you a Canadian software vendor with customers in the USA? Let’s say your US end-user customer is sued for patent infringement in the US based on use of your software, but the lawsuit avoids naming your company. In other...more

Hosting Providers Have Two Options For Customer-Supplied Licenses

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Christopher Barnett, suggests that hosting providers be aware of Microsoft's licensing rules regarding deployment on the service provider's servers. Failure to do so can result in severe...more

Client-Licensed Microsoft Software in Hosted Environments

Christopher Barnett, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, suggests service providers weigh their Microsoft options before committing either to a dedicated deployment or an Authorized Mobility Partner licensing model....more

Microsoft Court Holds Right to Replicate Software Is an Intangible Property Right for Purposes of California’s Sales Factor...

Earlier this week, the California Court of Appeal, First District, held that the right to replicate and install software is an intangible property right for sales-factor sourcing purposes. Thus, for the years at issue, the...more

California Court Finds in Favor of Microsoft, Upholds Costs of Performance

On December 18, 2012, the California Court of Appeal ruled that receipts from the right to replicate software are sourced as sales “other than tangible personal property.” In reversing the trial court, the Court of Appeal...more

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