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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Drafting Software Patents In A Post-Alice World [Video]

It has been a challenging year for software patent owners following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Since that ruling was handed down, a large number of software patents have been...more

Complied AliceStorm Updates

March 19-31, 2015: The past couple of weeks have been busy, with a number of district court and PTAB decisions. In the district courts, there have been five decisions, Certified Measurement v. Centerprint Energy Houston...more

Motions To Stay Pending Resolution Of Rule 12 Motions Is Granted.

Kaavo Inc. v. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, et al, C.A. Nos. 14-1192-LPS-CJB; 14-1193-LPS-CJB, April 9, 2015. Burke, C. J. Defendants’ motions to stay proceedings pending resolution of Rule 13 motions to...more

Tracking #AliceStorm: The Dead Keep Piling Up

For the first week of April, AliceStorm continues unabated, and though the indices are down, the damage spreads. Not surprisingly, the Eastern District of Texas appears to have become the eye of the storm--that place of calm...more

March 2015 Recap

March 2015—like January and February—saw decisions on a variety of fronts from ND Cal judges. ND Cal judges demonstrated their willingness to apply the Supreme Court’s decisions in Nautilus and Alice to invalidate patents on...more

Waiting on Sequenom

As I write this there’s a voice in my head saying, “Be careful what you wish for!” but it has been five months since Sequenom was argued at the Federal Circuit, and the court has yet to issue its decision. In the meantime,...more

Guest Post: Microorganisms, Funk Brothers, Chakrabarty and TRIPS

Both U.S. practitioners and their European colleagues will be concerned about a dictum in In re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), 750 F.3d 1333, 1338-39 (Fed. Cir. 2014) that any existing [micro]organism found in the wild is not...more

Will 101 lead to mutually assured destruction?

Although the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International has been hailed by some as an important development in the efforts to curb abusive patent litigation by non-practicing entities, others have...more

IP Newsflash - April 2015

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Patent Directed to Online Auction Held Invalid Under § 101 - A district court recently granted a defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that a patent directed to an...more

Recent Patent Eligibility Decisions: Ameritox, Certified Measurement, and MyHealth

In Ameritox v. Millenium Health (W.D. Wis., J. Conley) the court rejected the defendant's motion to reconsider its earlier ruling that Ameritox's patents were not ineligible. (The earlier decision cited my Law360 article,...more

European Patent Office Finds Plants and Plant Products Patent-Eligible

On March 25, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) handed a victory to those seeking to protect plant inventions in Europe. The EBA found that the essentially biological processes exclusion of...more

Tracking #AliceStorm

To track #AliceStorm, we're maintaining a current count of the federal district court and Federal Circuit opinions invalidating patent under Section 101....more

Practical Steps for Building a Strong Life Science Patent Portfolio Worth Billions of Dollars

In the last four years, several companies with antiviral drug programs, including Alios BioPharma, Idenix, Inhibitex, InterMune and Pharmasset, have been acquired by large pharmaceutical companies (‘‘big pharma’’). One of the...more

The Tyranny of the Judiciary

There has always been a tension between the need for a final arbiter of the law and the inherent power associated with such a role placed in the judicial branch. Jefferson himself was wary of this tendency, writing in a...more

USPTO Urged to Revise Interim §101 Guidance to Require Examiners to Present a Proper Prima Facie Case Supported by Factual...

As previously reported, on December 15, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a document titled “2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility” (Interim Guidance). This Interim Guidance was...more

Protecting food industry innovations as the scope of patentable subject matter narrows

Strong intellectual property increases the value of a company. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets are some avenues to protect intellectual property, but understanding when they’re available and understanding...more

Patents Are Invalidated Due To Section 101 Unpatentable Subject Matter.

Sleet, J. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is granted. The Magistrate had issued a R&R on January 6, 2015, after which plaintiff filed objections. The court overrules plaintiff’s objections....more

HP Fails to Construct a “Concrete” Path to Patentability Under Alice

Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment, Hewlett Packard Co. v. ServiceNow, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-00570-BLF (Judge Beth Labson Freeman) - Since the Supreme Court decided Alice, district courts have increasingly...more

January/February Recap

It’s interesting to look at the first two months of 2015 against the backdrop of the previous year. Judge Illston’s orders, for example, suggest that one should not expect much to change in ND Cal judges’ willingness to...more

IP Newsflash - March 2015

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Case Deemed Exception Where Patentee’s Infringement Read Contradicted a Prior Claim Construction Order of Related Patents in a Prior Litigation - After construing a critical disputed claim...more

Congress Takes Up Patent Litigation Reform – Innovation Act Reintroduced, Supreme Court Cases Examined

Congress v SCtPatent litigation reform has been on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee agenda, with the recent reintroduction of legislation seeking to address patent litigation abuses and a hearing examining recent U.S....more

USPTO Releases Examples for Interim Examination Guidelines for Determining Patent Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On January 27, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released examples to supplement the 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the interim guidelines), which were released in December 2014. ...more

Tangible Claim Elements Failed to Save Abstract Business-Method Patent - Dell Inc. v. Disposition Servs. LLC

Further clarifying its views on subject-matter eligibility, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) determined that a patent describing the disposal of obsolete assets—for example,...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy - Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Tacking Should be Decided by a Jury in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank - Amending...more

Patent Eligibility Under Alice: Reliance on Lack of Routine or Conventional Use

Federal courts have continued to wrestle with the standard for patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 set by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). This is...more

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