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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Covered Business Methods Patents — Not So Broad!

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has reminded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in no uncertain terms that covered business method review has limits. In Unwired Planet, LLC v....more

Gust, Inc. v. Alphacap Ventures, LLC (S.D.N.Y. 2016); O2 Media, LLC v. Narrative Science Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2017)

The Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l decision requires the application of a two-part test to determine whether claims are directed to patent-eligible subject matter. One must first determine...more

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

As 2017 begins and IP strategies are being developed for the new year, it is a good time to reflect on what IP issues were prominent in 2016. According to the many readers of Global IP Matters, hot topics included navigating...more

Top Five Stories of 2016

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Top Stories of 2016: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Top Stories of 2016: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

EPO Stays Proceedings Over Patentability Of Plants And Animals

While the U.S. is still sorting out “natural products” jurisprudence under 35 USC § 101, the European Patent Office (EPO) is wrestling with the patentability of plants and animals, and has announced an immediate stay on all...more

Adding Pre-Existing Technology Won’t Save a Patent-Ineligible Claim

In the recent FairWarning and Synopsys cases (IP Update, Vol. 19, No. 11), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found the challenged claims of a patent ineligible under 35 USC § 101 for not claiming a technical...more

2016 Patent Litigation Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Patent Litigation Year in Review. WSGR’s patent litigation practice is nationwide in scope and has received national recognition in recent years, with our...more

Federal Circuit Dives into Specification to Determine Patent Eligibility

Addressing a district court’s determination that the claims of four patents were not directed to patent-eligible subject matter under 35 USC § 101, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed, finding that the...more

Alice Brings a Mix of Gifts For 2016 Holidays

Like the odd aunt whose holiday gifts can range from the wonderful to the recyclable, in 2016 Alice brought both good and bad tidings. Let’s start with the nice ones....more

Garfum.com Corp. v. Reflections by Ruth (D.N.J. 2016) - District Court Reconsiders Award of Attorneys' Fees in View of Notice of...

Earlier this month, in Garfum.com Corp. v. Reflections by Ruth d/b/a Bytephoto.com, Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion granting Plaintiff Garfum.com...more

Best practices in defending patent litigation

What best practices have recently emerged for companies that engage in patent litigation? The latest trends in this area were the topic of a popular panel at DLA Piper’s biannual Tech Summit, held in late September in Palo...more

Specification as a Tool for Patent Eligibility Analysis

In a recent article, we discussed how courts have used patent specifications in finding that patents satisfy the Supreme Court’s Mayo/Alice test. However, the specification may be a double-edged sword. Language in the...more

iVenture Card Traveler Ltd v. Smart Destinations, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Patent Directed to Programmable Ticketing System Determined to be Eligible for Covered Business Method Patent Review - Petitioner, iVenture Card Traveler Ltd, filed a Petition seeking to institute a covered business...more

Exploring the Legal Contours of Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

I'd like to go back to some first principles and history. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution neatly divided the promotion of, on the one hand: Science, the fields of knowledge and ideas, by securing exclusive...more

The Latest Memorandum from USPTO on Subject Matter Eligibility Provides Additional Guidance for Post-Alice Prosecution

On November 2, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued a memorandum to Examiners ("Memorandum") updating the USPTO's May 2016 subject matter eligibility ("SME") guidance in light of recent...more

Patent Trolls Beware! -- Supreme Court to Review Patent Venue Statute

In the past few years, the Supreme Court has been single-handedly tackling the so-called Patent Troll problem. Sure, in that time, the President and Congress have made Patent Trolls a focus of their agendas, and have...more

Verint Systems Inc. v. Red Box Recorders Ltd. (S.D.N.Y. 2016)

Plaintiff Verint asserted six patents against Red Box (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,774,854, 5,790,798, 6,510,220, RE43,324, RE43,386, and 8,189,763) in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Red Box rebutted,...more

Improving Patent Eligibility for Your Software Despite the Prohibition of Patent Protection for "Abstract Ideas"

As technologies advance, the Patent Office (as well as the Nation’s courts) must utilize Section 101 of the Patent Act to place reasonable limitations on patent eligibility to ensure that our patent system balances the...more

USPTO Updates Patent Examiners on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

On November 2, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memorandum ("November 2016 Memo") to its patent examiners, updating them on recent subject matter eligibility decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

The Federal Circuit Adopts Classic Common Law Approach for Analyzing Patent Eligibility

On November 1, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) in Amdocs (Israel) v. Openet Telecom, No. 2015-1180 (“Amdocs II”), rendered a precedential opinion with regard to the issue of patent eligibility and...more

Post-Alice Section 101 Eligibility Roadmap for Software Inventions

In the wake of Alice the waters of eligibility under section 101 can be challenging to navigate, and particularly so for those seeking to obtain or enforce software patents. A two-part test for eligibility is the standard,...more

A Long Road Ahead: A Solo Entrepreneur's Perspective on the USPTO’s Roundtable I - Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

I am a solo entrepreneur. After twenty plus years in industry, I decided to take the risk and start my own business using my own capital. In the parlance of the law I am considered, almost affectionately, a micro-entity. ...more

Review of Section 101 Decisions by the Federal Circuit

Since the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l in 2014, patent practitioners and the courts alike have struggled to find clarity in the patent eligibility framework of 35 U.S.C. § 101. For the Federal Circuit...more

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