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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Federal Circuit Rules Software Patent for a User Interface is Patentable Subject Matter

In the recent decision Trading Technologies International, Inc., v. CQG, Inc. et al., the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's ruling that a software patent on a graphical user interface was patentable subject matter,...more

Federal Circuit Knocks Out Patents After CBM Challenge

Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc., 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents relate to synchronous communication systems...more

Swiss-style patent claims can be very valuable in Australia

The scope for enforcement of Swiss-style claims may be broader in Australia than for method of medical treatment claims. Second medical use inventions can be claimed in an ever increasing number of claim formats depending on...more

Zircore v. Straumann: A Method of Manufacturing a Physical Object Is Not an Abstract Idea

In Zircore, LLC v. Straumann Manufacturing, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2017), as in many patent litigations since Mayo, Myriad, and Alice, the defendant moved to dismiss the infringement allegations contending that the patents in suit...more

Probiotics: IP Perspectives on the Microbiome

Once considered parasites, free riders, or “opportunistic pathogens,” in recent years the roughly 100 trillion symbiotic bacteria that inhabit the various tissues of the human body have been increasingly recognized for their...more

You’re So Vague: Federal Circuit Sends IPR Decision Back to PTAB for More Thorough Analysis

In a precedential decision, the Federal Circuit reaffirmed that the Patent Trial and Appeal’s Board (PTAB) is required to explicitly state motivations to combine prior-art references in claim rejections for obviousness. ...more

Software Is Still Patent Eligible

In recent years, software patents have come under fire from legislation (the American Invents Act) that has generally made patents easier to invalidate, and from court decisions (the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS...more

PTAB allows Patent Owner to File Supplement to Motion to Amend in Veeam Software Corporation v. Veritas Technologies LLC

On remand from the Federal Circuit the PTAB granted authorization for a patent owner to file a supplement to its Motion to Amend in Veeam Software Corporation v. Veritas Technologies LLC, IPR2014-00090, Paper 42 (P.T.A.B....more

Integrated Technological Systems, Inc. v. First Internet Bank of Indiana (E.D. Tex.)

Business Method / Software Patent Invalidated for Claiming Ineligible Subject Matter - In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Integrated Technological Systems, Inc. (ITS) sued First Internet Bank...more

PTAB Finds Claims Directed to an MRI Machine Patent-Ineligible

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently held in Ex parte Itagaki and Nishiara (PTAB 2016) that claims reciting a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus are directed to ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §...more

What to Do about Section 101? IPO Provides Its Answer

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision not to grant certiorari in Sequenom v. Ariosa (and in some quarters, considerably before that), many have voiced the opinion that only Congress can resolve the acknowledged...more

Misappropriation Versus the Copyright Act: Round 2 in the Fifth Circuit

A few months ago, Trade Secrets Watch covered the GlobeRanger Corp. case in which the Fifth Circuit joined 10 other circuits in determining that the Copyright Act does not preempt state trade secret misappropriation claims....more

Intellectual Properties Owners Association Proposes Legislative Fix for s. 101

On Wed., February 8, 2017, IPO released the report of its legislation task force. Unlike the hundreds of academic analyses of the legislative history of s. 101 – and this report includes another – the Task Force took the...more

Graphical User Interface Patent Claims Found Eligible

The Federal Circuit recently found claims to a specialized graphical user interface (GUI) for trading financial securities eligible in Trading Technologies Int’l v. CQG, No. 2016-2016 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 18, 2017). The Federal...more

[Webinar] Best Patent Practices in a Transforming Environment | Part I: Evolving Strategies for Patent Procurement - Feb. 22nd,...

Today’s patent practice is rapidly transforming.  The practice is undergoing sea changes in patent eligibility, enforcement strategies, and damages.  Now more than ever, innovative companies need to adopt best practices to...more

Patentability of software in Italy & partial recovery of profits (infringement of patents on marginal aspects of a product)

By judgement of January 3rd, 2017, the Turin Court of Appeal delivered a monumental decision in a longstanding patent dispute concerning the validity and infringement of patents relating to an Electronic Program Guide (EPG)...more

Zircore, LLC v. Straumann Manufacturing, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2017)

Method for Manufacturing Product (Dental Crown) Found to be Patent Eligible - Zircore sued Straumann Manufacturing for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division)...more

Speedtrack Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2017)

File-Searching Software Patent Found to be Patent Eligible - Speedtrack sued Amazon for patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,544,360 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. ...more

2017 Intellectual Property Law Year In Review

Though politics ruled the headlines in 2016, the year still brought big changes in intellectual property law and its application, most notably in patent subject matter eligibility, inter partes review institution and appeal...more

Surviving Alice in the Finance Arts

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (“Alice”)[i] has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions, especially in the finance arts (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.). ...more

Federal Circuit Invalidates Ameranth’s Menu Software Patents as Unpatentable Abstract Ideas

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. highlights the potential impact of characterization of recited features as conventional, routine, generic, or known in the field without further...more

Federal Circuit Continues The Case-By-Case Approach For Determining Patent Eligible Subject Matter

On November 1, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit continued its case-by-case approach for determining patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In reversing the United States District...more

Spex Technologies Inc. v. Apricorn (C.D. Cal.)

Computer-Related Data Security Patents Found to Recite Patent Eligible Subject Matter - Spex sued Apricorn for infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 6,088,802 and 6,003,135 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Eligibility of Financial Services Software Patent

The Federal Circuit, in Trading Technologies Intl., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., affirmed a district court decision holding that two patents related to a method and system for the electronic trading of stocks, bonds, futures, options,...more

Court Affirms Trading Technologies International Ruling, Upholding GUI Patent

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion affirming the district court’s finding that claims to a graphical user interface (GUI) were patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101....more

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