Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Computer-Related Inventions

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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USPTO Releases Update on Patent Eligibility Decision in Light of Enfish

On May 19, the USPTO released an update to patent examiners regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) recent decision in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp. and TLI Communications LLC v. A.V. Automotive,...more

Two Years After Alice: A Survey of the Impact of a "Minor Case" (Part 1)

Two years ago this Sunday, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. Pty Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l addressed a relatively narrow issue: does a claim reciting a generic computer implementation transform an abstract idea into a...more

Not All Software Claims are Abstract Ideas Under Alice

On May 9, Mercury navigated its way between the earth and the sun (a “transit “in astronomical terms), an event that will not occur again until 2019. The Federal Circuit in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp (2015-1244) provided a...more

Patentable subject matter: Inventive test for assessing substance of an invention

In Australia, one requisite for patentability is patent-eligible subject matter. This area has been in a state of flux lately, with one area of focus being computer implemented methods and business innovations....more

How Federal Circuit Provides New Hope for Computer and Software-based Patents in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation

In just its second opinion upholding claims under Alice v. CLS Bank, the Federal Circuit has interpreted Alice in a manner that could save a “substantial class” of inventions from the strikingly-high invalidity rate under the...more

The Government Whittles Away at Life Sciences Patents

The current U.S. Supreme Court has been noted for its hostility to patent holders in general, but the Supreme Court has been especially hostile to any sort of life sciences or software invention. The Court has attempted to...more

Federal Circuit Broadens Eligibility Requirements for Software Inventions

Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Clarifies Which Patents are Not Direct to "Abstract Ideas" - Last week, in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., 2016 WL 2756255 (Fed.Cir. 2016), a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the federal...more

Software Patents Aren’t Inherently Abstract—Patent Appeals Court Clarifies and Enhances Software Patent Eligibility

In Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a California district court’s summary judgment that two software patents were directed to an “abstract idea” without...more

Federal Circuit Finds Software Patent Not Abstract

Reversing a district court holding, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that two patents directed to a method for organizing data in a computer database did not claim an unpatentable...more

Can a Computer Be an Inventor?

On March 15, DeepMind’s AlphaGo, a computer powered by a self-learning artificial intelligence computer program, defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol. As the AI community celebrates this major milestone in making machines smart,...more

USPTO Updates Alice Guidance with Examiner Instructions, More Work Needed

On May 4, the USPTO issued a new memorandum for patent examiners, “Formulating a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection and Evaluating the Applicant's Response to a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection” (“Examiner...more

Eastern District of Texas Finds Website Labeling Patent Invalid Under §101

Nearly one third of all patent cases filed in the United States are heard by a single judge - J. Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas. Many of these cases involve e-commerce or other internet-based patents such...more

RPL Central: High Court Refuses Special Leave

The RPL Central case has been working its way through the Australian Courts since 2013. The case concerns the subject matter eligibility of a computer implemented invention for assessing the competency or qualifications of...more

Patent Drafting Post-Alice: Broadly Define the Problem, and Narrowly Claim the Solutions

The notion of strategic claim drafting, which experienced patent practitioners understand, is all about writing specific, narrowly defined claims to cover the strategically important “choke points” in a value chain. The...more

The Mind as Computer Metaphor: Benson and the Mistaken Application of Mental Steps to Software (Part 1)

Of the three recognized judicial exceptions to Section 101—laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas—none has proved more resistant to reasoned judicial analysis than the last. From its inception in Gottschalk v....more

The Biggest Technology Give-Away in History?

Manny Schecter, Chief Patent Counsel of IBM, argues in his article “The Downside of Making Innovation Look Easy” that we risk damaging one of this country’s most innovative and successful industries because our patent system...more

The Mind as Computer Metaphor: Benson and the Mistaken Application of Mental Steps to Software (Part 3)

Part III. Functionalism: A Philosophical Argument In Support Of The Functional Equivalence Of Mental Steps And Computer - Even if UDC did not support the Solicitor General’s argument that “the functions themselves are...more

The Mind as Computer Metaphor: Benson and the Mistaken Application of Mental Steps to Software (Part 2)

The fictional form of the mental steps doctrine arose in Benson, where the Court stated: A digital computer, as distinguished from an analog computer, is that which operates on data expressed in digits, solving a problem...more

Gonzalez v. Infostream Group, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2016)

Producing "digital labels" is Patent Eligible under § 101 - On February 6, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division) issued a decision in a case captioned Gonzalez v. Infostream...more

Regarding Beauregarding

A Beauregard claim is a claim to a computer program written as a claim to an article of manufacture: a computer-readable medium on which instructions are encoded for carrying out a process. Beauregard appealed the rejection...more

01 Communique Laboratory, Inc. vs. Citrix Systems, Inc., (N.D. Ohio 2015)

Patent Eligibility Requires Consideration of the Claim as a Whole - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Eastern Division) issued an opinion on December 21, 2015 in the case captioned 01 Communique...more

New Appeal decision on computer implemented inventions in Australia

On 11 December 2015 Australia’s Federal Court handed down its decision in the RPL Central appeal – a case dealing with the patentability of computer implemented inventions in Australia. The Court overturned the first...more

Motion To Dismiss For Failure To Claim Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Is Granted In Part

Andrews, J. Defendants’ motion to dismiss amended complaints for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter pursuant to § 101 is granted in part. The court heard oral argument and considered plaintiff’s proposed claim...more

Computer-Implemented Business Methods: Patentable?

In this Presentation: - Patentability of Computer-implemented Business Methods – A Recap - Research Affiliates v Commissioner of Patents - RPL Central v Commissioner of Patents - The Global Context:...more

Recent Cases Consider Patent Eligibility Under Mayo/Alice “Two-Step” Test: Invoking Routine and Conventional Elements Is Not...

In a series of cases addressing whether inventions are eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the U.S. Supreme Court has adopted a two-step analysis. Two recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

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