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 -
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Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC (PTAB 2016)

Sally Beauty (Petitioner) filed a Petition requesting a review under the transitional program for covered business method (CBM) patents of U.S. Patent No. 5,969,324, owned by Intellectual Ventures I LLC (IV)....more

Ariosa Loses Verinata Patent Challenge

Fetal diagnostic pioneer Ariosa Diagnostics lost its latest attempt to invalidate competitor Verinata Health’s U.S. Patent No. 8,318,430, “Methods of Fetal Abnormality Detection.” The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2016

Circuit Courts Align to Shield SEC Administrative Proceedings from Collateral Constitutional Attack - In response to the financial crisis of the late 2000s, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

The Importance of the Specification in Alice Challenges

It is axiomatic that the claims of a patent describe the invention, and for Alice challenges, define whether an invention is drawn to an abstract idea without an inventive concept. Of course, claims are construed in light of...more

Korea Quarterly - August 2016

Controlling Costs in International Arbitration - Arbitration is an efficient means for resolving business disputes because it offers more flexibility than court proceedings and enables the parties to choose arbitrators...more

Of Technical Tools and Problems: Going Beyond the Two-Prong Alice Test

It is abundantly clear that the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision has significantly changed the patent-eligibility landscape for business methods and some types of software inventions. For instance, in...more

Federal Circuit Grants En Banc Review of PTAB Amendment Practice

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted rehearing en banc to appellants in In re Aqua Products, Inc to consider the procedures used by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to...more

Federal Circuit Finds Life Sciences Subject Matter Patent Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion vacating the summary judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 (“the ’929 Patent”) and sent the case back to the District Court...more

Netsirv v. Boxbee, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

A post grant review (PGR) is an administrative reconsideration of a recent-granted U.S. patent. The proceeding is held in the USPTO, before that body's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A petition for PGR is timely if it is...more

Federal Circuit Once Again Finds That a Functional Claim Term is Indefinite Even Without the Use of “Means.”

On July 28, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Advanced Ground Information Systems v. Life360, Inc., affirming the district court’s decision that the asserted patent claims are indefinite. This opinion is notable...more

August 2016: Life Sciences Litigation Update

Enfishing for Guidance: The Federal Circuit’s Recent Section 101 Jurisprudence. As two recent decisions from the Federal Circuit demonstrate, the law on patent-eligible subject matter, 35 U.S.C. § 101, remains largely...more

The Specter of Alice Looms Large Even in PGRs

On August 3, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a post-grant review decision that bears one striking similarity to its previous post-grant review decisions, namely invalidation of claims under Alice Corp. Pty. v....more

Appistry, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (W.D. Wash. 2016)

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted Defendant Amazon.com's Motion to Dismiss for Invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101 on the grounds that the two patents asserted by Plaintiff...more

Winning an Alice Challenge Requires Specificity

In light of Enfish and DDR Holdings, software patent owners are quick to point out how their inventions improve the functioning of the computer itself. However, it is well understood that simply improving the functioning of...more

Judge Forrest Provides Litigants Guidance on Applying Alice

On August 3, 2016, S.D.N.Y. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest denied Defendant Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (“Lowe’s”) motion to dismiss Iron Gate Security, Inc.’s (“Iron Gate”) patent infringement claim. Iron Gate alleged...more

PTAB Issues Only Its Third Post-Grant Review Decision to Date, Invalidates Storage Container Tracking Claims Directed to...

On August 2, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in proceeding PGR2015-00009, invalidated a patent for storage container tracking and delivery as being directed to patent-ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C....more

Federal Circuit Expanding Interpretation of Step Two of the Test for Patent Eligibility

The Federal Circuit recently reversed a district court's decision granting a motion to dismiss a patent under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in Bascom Global Internet Services, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC.[1] The patent-in-suit, U.S. Patent...more

Section 101 Blocks Caller ID Patent

Order Granting Judgment on the Pleadings, Whitepages, Inc. v. Isaacs, et al., Case No. 16-cv-00175-RS (Judge Richard Seeborg) - Litigants continue to use Alice and its progeny to cull the ranks of patents asserted in...more

E-Message Patents Survive Alice Challenge

Common computer technology has fallen victim to Alice in many recent cases. It is therefore noteworthy that the District of Massachusetts declined to invalidate e-mail management patents under §101 in Sophos v....more

Judge Pauley Holds That Administering a Test Using a Computer Is Not Patent-Eligible Under § 101

On July 29, 2016, S.D.N.Y. District Judge William H. Pauley III granted defendant PlayerLync, LLC’s (“PlayerLync”) motion for judgment on the pleadings and dismissed plaintiffs Multimedia Plus, Inc. and Multimedia...more

The PTAB Review - August 2016

Covered Business Method Patent Review: What Constitutes a Financial Product or Service? Along with inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR), the America Invents Act (AIA) created a transitional program for...more

Introduction to IP: Some Basics of Patents, Trademarks, & Trade Secrets

What is “Intellectual Property” (IP)? •Exclusive Rights to Certain Intellectual Products (Ideas) –Necessary due to the “non-rivalrous” nature of ideas: •“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction...more

CBM Decisions Show Limits of Enfish

Recent covered business method (CBM) review decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) demonstrate that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s Enfish decision (IP Update, Vol. 19, No. 6) will...more

Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Patent owner Electric Power Group asserted U.S. Patent Nos. 7,233,843, 8,060,259, and 8,401,710 against Alstom S.A. and various other parties in the Central District of California. The District Court granted Alstom's motion...more

A Response to Rejections Under 35 USC §101

Here is an argument we are using in response to rejections under 35 USC §101 that allege the claims are directed to an abstract idea and are patent ineligible. This is useful in Office action responses, and appeals. The...more

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