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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Post-Alice Federal Circuit Finds Software-Related Patent Not Patent Eligible; Tips on Business Method Patents in New Landscape

In its first precedential decision regarding a business-related invention since the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision, the Federal Circuit held claims invalid for lack of patent eligibility under Section 101 of...more

Are the Supreme Court’s exceptions to patentability mandated by the Constitution, or are they just “statutory stare decisis”?

There has been significant commentary, both before and after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, that the various judicially created exceptions to patentability under 35 USC § 101 are not only sound, but are also...more

Early Lessons on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International and Section 101 From Recent Court Decisions

Alice and its immediate aftermath in the lower courts – In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the US Supreme Court held that claims to “generic computer implementation” of abstract ideas are...more

Full Federal Court confirms isolated nucleic acids are patentable in Australia

• The Full Federal Court has unanimously confirmed that isolated nucleic acids, either DNA or RNA, are patentable in Australia. • The decision is in contrast to the recent decision of the US Supreme Court, which held a...more

Update on Mayo Myriad Patent Eligibility From USPTO BCP Partnership Meeting

On September 17, 2015, the USPTO held the first “bicoastal” Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership meeting, with live participation from the USPTO’s main campus in Alexandria, VA and from San Jose...more

Patent Protection for Isolated Genetic Sequences Upheld in Australia

Last year in AMP v Myriad Genetics, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that isolated, naturally occuring DNA are not patent eligible, which caused considerable consternation in the biotech community. However, this does not...more

Addressing Section 101 Issues Through Reissue

The contraction of patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 that Alice, Mayo, Bilski, and other recent court cases have triggered has placed a cloud of uncertainty over a large number of patents. Fortunately,...more

IP Newsflash - September 2014 #2

Airline Rewards Conversion Method Invalid Under Alice and Bilski - On September 2, 2014, Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that two patents on a...more

U.S. Bancorp v. Solutran, Inc. (PTAB 2014)

In the weeks since the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court decision, we have been watching patents and applications fall left and right due to use of that case's more stringent test regarding patent-eligibility. This test...more

The Alice Guidance Categories of Potential Abstract Ideas

The Alice Guidance lists four example categories of abstract ideas: - fundamental economic practices - methods of organizing human activities - an idea of itself (sic), and - mathematical...more

Inherency Is Tough to Prove—Even in IPR

ZTE Corp. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. - In four final written decisions in inter partes review (IPR) challenges, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) concluded that the petitioner had not demonstrated by a...more

Trouble for Software & Business Method Patents – Federal Circuit Invalidates Patent Claims Using Alice Framework

BUYSAFE, INC. V. GOOGLE, INC. To secure a patent in the United States, an invention must meet a number of requirements. In addition to being novel, useful, and non-obvious (35 U.S.C. §102 and §103), an invention must...more

Australia Upholds Patent Eligibility of Isolated DNA

The Full Federal Court of Australia affirmed that isolated nucleic acids, i.e. whether it be DNA or RNA, are patentable subject matter in Australia. While an appeal to the High Court of Australia may be possible, absent an...more

Federal Circuit Frames Test for Patent-Eligibility

Personalized medicine relies on diagnostics to analyze a patient for individualized therapy and for monitoring a patient’s health status. Some diagnostic tests use natural products, for example gene sequences, either as the...more

No Right to Cross-Examine a Declarant Not Under the Proponent’s Control

In Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V. v.Honeywell International, Inc., IPR2013-00576, Paper 36 (September 5, 2014), the Board denied patent owner’s request for additional discovery – the deposition of Dr. Takashi Shibanuma,...more

News from Abroad: Myriad Patent Upheld by Full Federal Court of Australia

The Full Federal Court of Australia has handed down its long awaited decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc today, affirming that isolated DNA and RNA are patentable subject matter under Australian law....more

How to Correctly Apply the Alice Examination Guidance

In my previous post, I provided an explanation of Abstract Ideas under Alice, emphasizing that to be an ineligible abstract idea, a claim must recite a fundamental building block of human ingenuity. How then does an examiner...more

Isolated Nucleic Acids are Patentable in Australia, Again

On Friday the Full Federal Court affirmed that isolated nucleic acids are patentable subject matter in Australia. While an appeal to the High Court of Australia may be possible, absent an appeal, isolated nucleic acids will...more

Breaking News – Full Federal Court Confirms Patentability of Isolated Genes

A five-judge bench of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) has today unanimously decided that Myriad Genetics Inc's (Myriad) patent covering the isolated BRCA1 gene (Patent) is patentable subject...more

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International: Challenges In Identifying Patentable Subject Matter

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International.1 The Court held that a group of patents related to mitigating settlement risk were not drawn to patent eligible subject...more

IP Newsflash - August 2014 #5

Apple’s Motion for Permanent Injunction Denied - After the court found that Samsung infringed one of Apple’s patents on summary judgment and a jury found that Samsung infringed two others, Apple filed a motion for a...more

Neither Data Structures Nor Gathering and Combining Data Are Subject-Matter Eligible

Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc. - In a short opinion addressing subject-matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that patent...more

Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Planet Bingo is the assignee of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,398,646 and 6,656,045, both directed to computer-implemented methods and systems for managing bingo games. Planet Bingo filed an infringement action in the United States...more

Will the USPTO Respond to Public Feedback of Its Eligibility Guidance?

Periodically, the USPTO holds open meetings with the public to discuss its thinking on current topics relating to the patent procurement process. Late last week, the Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer...more

Airing the USPTO's Naturally Occurring Dirty Laundry — the Subject Matter Eligibility Stain

It has been five months since the USPTO issued its Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products to aid examiners in applying the...more

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