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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter refers to the types of inventions that can be legally patented. The criteria for patentability varies depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, if a... more +
Patent-Eligible Subject Matter refers to the types of inventions that can be legally patented. The criteria for patentability varies depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, if a researcher discovers a naturally occurring substance, the substance itself cannot be patented. This issue was examined in a United States Supreme Court case, AMP v. Myriad, in regard to the patentability of human genes.  less -

Dietary Supplement Patents Swallowed by the Products of Nature Exception

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

It has been just over three years since the U.S. Supreme Court adopted a threshold test for determining patentable subject matter eligibility under §101 in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l. 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). This...more

Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences Part XI: Agriculture and the Microbiome

Knowledge of, and interest in, the human microbiome has rapidly expanded in recent years: each week, there seems to be additional advancements in our understanding of the microbial communities that call our bodies home. As...more

Clarifying or Conforming? The EPO Bows to the European Commission

by Jones Day on

In December, we reported that the European Commission ("Commission") had issued an Interpretive Notice (2016/C 411/03) stating products produced by essentially biological processes should not be patentable. The notice came as...more

Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – June 2017

by Fish & Richardson on

This post continues our monthly summary of patent litigation in the District of Minnesota, including short summaries of substantive orders issued in pending cases. In June 2017, there was one notable substantive decision...more

Multi-level Encryption Patent Survives § 101 Challenge in District Court

by Knobbe Martens on

On May 23, 2017, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“District Court”) denied a motion for summary judgment that the patent claims asserted in a lawsuit brought by TecSec, Inc. (“TecSec”) are invalid...more

District Court Invalidates Dietary Supplement Patents On Motion To Dismiss

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California invalidated several dietary supplement product and method patents as being directed to ineligible subject matter, even though they claimed products providing a...more

News from Abroad -- EPO Lifts Stays of Proceedings Following Implementation of New Plant Patent-Eligibility Rules

On 3 July, the European Patent Office (EPO) lifted its stays of proceedings on cases that had been held in abeyance pending new rules on the patent-eligibility of plant-related subject matter. Following an intervention by...more

Easyweb v. Twitter and the Rise of the Non-Precedential Opinion

by Knobbe Martens on

In a non-precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the claims at issue in Easyweb Innovations, LLC. v. Twitter, Inc. (“Easyweb”) were directed to patent-ineligible subject matter....more

Make Patents Great Again (or at least Make them STRONGER)

Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono have introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, proposing a large number of improvements to U.S. patent law. While the Bill does a lot to improve patents from an inventor’s...more

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex...more

The United States Patent Office Totally Rejected Your Claims? Don't Panic!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In my almost 17 years of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO"), by far the most common telephone call I receive from inventors is a frantic inquiry about an Office Action received from the PTO...more

Supreme Court of Canada strikes down "promise doctrine", upholds AstraZeneca’s NEXIUM patent as useful

by Smart & Biggar on

The Supreme Court of Canada today delivered an important and highly anticipated decision, AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc (2017 SCC 36), by rejecting the “promise doctrine” and clarifying the requirement for patent...more

Federal Circuit Finds Claims Directed to Securing Financing Patent Ineligible

by Knobbe Martens on

In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) in a covered business method review proceeding that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,950,807 for providing...more

Prism Technologies LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

An Obviousness Rejection in Patent-Eligibility Clothing? - In Mayo v. Prometheus, the Supreme Court wrote "[w]e recognize that, in evaluating the significance of additional steps, the § 101 patent-eligibility inquiry and,...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In EmeraChem v Volkswagen the Circuit reverses a determination of obviousness because the ?Board did not provide the patentee with an adequate opportunity to address a prior art reference ?that formed a principal basis for...more

AIPLA Legislative Proposal to Overrule Recent §101 Caselaw

by Knobbe Martens on

With the continuing uncertainties regarding application of the subject matter eligibility standard enumerated in 35 U.S.C. §101 by both courts and the U.S. Patent Office, organizations that have an interest in clarifying the...more

Missed opportunity: Federal Circuit Again Offers No Clarifying Insight on Alice’s Two-Step Framework

On June 16, the Federal Circuit upheld the District Court’s decision in The Cleveland Clinic Found. V. True Health Diagnostics. Plaintiffs brought suit alleging Defendant infringed three patents (U.S. Patent Nos....more

Providing a Service Alone is not Contributory Infringement

In the Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, [2016-1766](June 16, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed that the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,223,552; 7,459,286; and 8,349,581 are not directed to...more

Is Software Patentable? Recent US Case Law Offers a Glimmer of Hope

by Field Law on

Many inventions involve software, and many inventors are interested in protecting such inventions with a patent. The question is: are software inventions patentable? Based on recent cases in the United States, the answer is:...more

Cleveland Clinic Decision Highlights Catch-22 Of Personalized Medicine Patents

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Federal Circuit decision in Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, strikes another blow against the patent eligibility of diagnostic methods and highlights the difficulty of enforcing personalized...more

Computer-Based Publishing Patent Goes Offline after Alice Inquiry

In a recent order from the District of Massachusetts, the court granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a patent infringement dispute, finding the asserted patent claims invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The court’s...more

Why Inventions Fail

by Snell & Wilmer on

I. Introduction. U.S. and worldwide patent filings are at all-time highs. About 620 thousand patent applications were filed in the United States in 2016, and about 2.9 million patent applications were filed worldwide in...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - June 2017

by WilmerHale on

Nexlearn, LLC v. Allen Interactions, Inc. (No. 2016-2107, -2221, 6/19/17) (Moore, Schall, Hughes) Moore, J. Affirming dismissal due to lack of personal jurisdiction....more

BIO International Convention 2017 Preview

BIO and the Microbiome - The 2017 BIO International Convention begins this week in San Diego. This convention has become an important destination for all organizations working in the biotechnology space, but the large...more

Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Worse Via The Application Of 101

On Friday, in Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics, Appeal no. 2016-1766 (Fed. Cir., June 16, 2017), a Fed. Cir. panels of Judges Lourie, Reyna and Wallach (Reyna writing) held that claims to a method of...more

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