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Abstract Ideas: The Patent Office’s First Take on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidelines for Examiners, often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish the specific...more

USPTO Pilot Program for Glossaries Defining Claim Terms Begins June 2, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the launch of its new Glossary Pilot Program as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the U.S. patent system. The pilot program, which will begin on June 2, 2014 and run...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

The Problem of Patent Glossaries Part I: Ambiguity in Patent Claims and the Nature of Meaning

What motivates the USPTO to consider the use of glossaries in patent applications is surely the hue and cry that software patents are frequently, if not inherently, vague and ambiguous, and that something must be done to help...more

Software Development and the Use of Abstractions

The process of developing software typically involves the use of abstractions of concrete concepts to describe the operations performed by a computer and objects of such operations. Some software abstractions are so familiar...more

What Is Next for Software Patents?

Over the past few weeks, the United States federal courts and the patent office have issued several significant decisions addressing the patent subject matter eligibility of software-related inventions in the United States....more

IP Buzz - May 2013

In this issue: - Software Patents Put to the Test – a Bad Sign for Trolls? - Sowing the Seeds of Patent Infringement - FTC vs. POM Wonderful: Trench Warfare - Anything You Can Clean, I Can Clean...more

Software Patents Put to the Test – a Bad Sign for Trolls?

One of the challenges presented by software patents, which are commonly asserted by so-called patent assertion entities (aka, patent trolls), is determining what the patent covers. Often the invention is described in vague...more

Q&A With Knobbe's Ron Schoenbaum

Ronald J. Schoenbaum is a partner in Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP's Orange County and Silicon Valley, Calif., offices. He focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio management, and infringement/validity...more

USPTO Considers Best Practices to Improve Patent Application Quality

In a Federal Register Notice published January, 13, 2013, the USPTO asks the public to consider potential best practices aimed at improving patent application quality ”in order to facilitate examination and bring more...more

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