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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Obama Launches Cancer Moonshot Task Force – But Where’s The Patent Power?

On January 28, 2016, the White House issued a Memorandum establishing the Moonshot Task Force “to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer – and put ourselves on a path to achieve in just 5 years research and...more

IP Newsflash - February 2016 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - Post-Complaint Events or Transactions Cannot Cure Prudential Standing Defects - The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alps South’s writ to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the company lacked...more

No Second Life for Fetal Test - Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al. v. Sequenom, Inc., et al.

By a poll of active justices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al. v. Sequenom, Inc. et al. and issued two concurrences and one...more

So you want to protect your software: Tactics, options, and considerations post-Alice

Since its first development, intellectual property law has struggled with how to best protect software. Initially, developers could only choose between copyright or trade secret protection to protect their innovative...more

Advanced Marketing Systems, LLC v. CVS Pharmacy (E.D. Tex. 2016)

In February 2015, Advanced Marketing Systems (AMS) sued a number of defendants, alleging infringement of various claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,219,445, 8,370,199, and 8,538,805. The defendants filed a motion for judgment on...more

Hands Tied: Patenting Diagnostic Inventions Remain a Difficult Task

What does the Federal Circuit really think about the Supreme Court’s recent § 101 jurisprudence? The denial of the petition for rehearing en banc in Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom in November of 2015 answers that question....more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2016

The Federal Circuit Will Review Appeals from Inter Partes Review Proceedings Under the “Substantial Evidence” Standard - In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A., Appeal No. 2014-1779, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB IPR...more

BioPharma Patents: Quick Tips & News - January 2016

Subject matter eligibility and “laws of nature.” As reported in our July 2015 newsletter, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims to a method of diagnosing fetal abnormalities without amniocentesis. This precedent—if it...more

Westlake Services v. Credit Acceptance: PTAB’s Precedential Decision to Apply Estoppel on a Claim-by-Claim Basis

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently designated as precedential its decision in Westlake Services, LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp., CBM2014-00176, Paper 28 (PTAB May 14, 2015) addressing the scope of estoppel under 35...more

Recognicorp v. Nintendo: Invalidating software claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held, in Recognicorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co. Ltd., et al, that claims to certain methods and systems for encoding/decoding image data are not patent-eligible under...more

Voxaton LLC v. Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2016)

Voxathon sued Alpine, and a number of defendants that manufacture automobiles, for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,442,261.  According to the Court, the patent "relates to computer-implemented systems and methods for...more

District Court Strikes Expert Opinion Testimony on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Under Section 101

Defendants Metaswitch Networks Ltd and Metaswitch Networks Corp. ("Metaswitch") filed a motion to strike plaintiff's expert opinions of Mr. Lanning, including his opinions that the patents in suit claim patent-eligible...more

IP Newsflash - January 2016 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - U.S. Supreme Court Will Review PTAB’s Claim Construction Standard - The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review the claim construction standard used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)...more

Mortgage Grader, Inc. v. First Choice Loan Services Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Financial Services Patent Claims Invalid - On January 20, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in the case captioned Mortgage Grader, Inc. v. First Choice Loan Services Inc., NYLX, Inc. This case involves patent...more

Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2015

Earlier today, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2015." The webinar covered seven of the twenty stories that made it onto Patent Docs ninth annual list of top patent stories. The seven stories...more

Redline Detection, LLC v. Star Envirotech, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The PTAB at the Federal Circuit -- Supplemental Evidence Edition - On New Year's Eve, the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB's denial of a motion to submit supplemental evidence pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 42.123(a),...more

Defendant’s Argument to Exclude Damages Theory Heads in the Wrong Direction

Although courts and commentators have turned up the heat on the entire market value rule (EMVR) in recent years, it can be a useful tool for a patentee to obtain significant damages where the evidence shows that the patented...more

USPTO Implementation of AIA Does Not Violate Due Process: Federal Circuit Affirms the PTAB Panel Determining Institution of an IPR...

In Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, a 2-1 panel split of the Federal Circuit held that neither the American Invents Act (“AIA”) nor the Constitution precludes the same panel of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board...more

Genband US LLC v. Metaswitch Networks Corp. (E.D. Tex. 2016)

Genband US LLC sued Metaswitch for infringement of claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,772,210 ("the '210 Patent") and U.S. Patent No 7,047,561 ("the '561 Patent") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - January 2016

Highlights of 2015 and What to Watch in 2016 in The United States - Commil USA, llC v. CiSCo SyStemS, inC. (Supreme Court, may 26, 2015). In May, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief that an asserted patent...more

News from Abroad: IP Australia Releases Myriad Examination Guidelines

Following the recent public consultation in view of the Australian High Court's decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics ("Myriad"), IP Australia has released new Examination Guidelines for applications which may be affected by...more

Motio, Inc. v. BSP Software LLC (E.D. Tex. 2016)

The fallout from the Supreme Court's Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l case continues to reshape the landscape of patent-eligibility. Despite guidance from the USPTO, patentees still struggle with what exactly is patent-eligible...more

Top Five Stories of 2015

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Judge Gilstrap awards Section 285 fees where Plaintiff’s Section 101 positions cross the “threshold of exceptionality.”

On December 17, 2015, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) ruled that, in light of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) (“Alice”), a plaintiff’s position on...more

eDekka LLC v. 3balls.com, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2015)

As 2015 drew to a close, the toll of the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l decision on software and business method patents became apparent. Post Alice, approximately 70% of all patents challenged under 35 U.S.C. § 101 have been...more

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