Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

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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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

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

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

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

Recognicorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co. (W.D. Wash. 2015)

Generic Software Claims Found Ineligible under § 101 - A common theme found in recent patent litigation is that software claims lacking detail are more likely to be found invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The U.S....more

Top Stories of 2015: #11 to #15

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

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

Top Patent Law Stories In 2015

I will try to keep this post as brief as possible, since I posted at length on all of the stories. There was a lot of IP action in 2015 – much involving the Fed. Cir. and Supreme Court’s resolution of cases in progress in...more

Wegner to Lee: A Four-Step Program to Resolve 101 Questions

On December 23rd, Harold (“Hal”) Wegner sent Director Lee a one-page Vision of Patent-Eligibility “Trees”, Not the “Forrest” (attached). A very brief summary of his proposed 4-step process might read: 1) Is any element of the...more

Federal Circuit Review | December 2015

Expert Testimony Not Always Necessary to Establish Prima Facie Obviousness Case in Inter Partes Review - In Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC, Appeal Nos. 2014-1575, 2014-1576, on appeal from an IPR, the Federal Circuit...more

Patenting “Natural Products” Down-Under Post-Myriad

Although the Australian High Court held that claims to naturally occurring DNA (e.g., BRCA1 nucleic acid) were not patent eligible because they were not a “manner of manufacture,” since the encoded information therein was not...more

2015 Recent Developments in Patent Law - Case Law

Patentability, Validity, and Procurement of Patents - Statutory Subject Matter – Computer Software and Genes - Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., 792 F.3d 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2015). ...more

Patent Claim Preambles Post-Alice

What is in the preamble of a patent claim? And, can the contents of the preamble influence the claim examination process? Ever since the US Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et...more

Shielding Your Patent from “Abstract” Reasoning

Patents related to games are facing new challenges for being too “abstract,” but a recent court ruling highlights the limits to this line of attack. Last year, the Supreme Court reinvigorated a body of law that defines the...more

Ariosa v. Sequenom – Cert. Denied

Not surprisingly, the Fed. Cir., on December 2nd, denied Sequenom’s petition for rehearing en banc of the invalidation of certain of the claims of U.S. Pat. No. 6,258,540 which were directed to methods of detecting and using...more

"Software" Claims Reciting No Structural Components and Having Questionable Novelty Struck Down under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Two recent District Court decisions show examples of "weak" claims, which in the past would likely be found invalid as lacking novelty or being obvious, but today are struck down as being unpatentable under § 101. The cases...more

That’s Patentable? The Far-Reaching Definition of an “Invention”

U.S. patent law provides that “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor,” 35 U.S. Code...more

Prometheus v. Roxane – A Glimpse of Christmas Future?

A Fed. Cir. panel of Judges Dyk, Taranto and Hughes affirmed the district court’s invalidation of a Prometheus “add-on” patent (U.S. Pat. No. 6,284,770) to a method to treat a form of irritable bowel syndrome, IBS-D, with...more

Why Business Methods Are Difficult to Patent

Although the general rule (based on 35 USC section 101) is that anything made by humans is patentable, there are exceptions. Laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable. Inventions that fall in...more

Software Patents: History and Strategies (Pt. I – History)

1952-2010: Software Patents Historically (before Bilski and Alice) - For centuries in United States patent law, the question of patentability of the subject matter of an invention under 35 U.S.C. §101 was fairly...more

Software Patent Eligibility - A Post-Alice Landscape Discussion

•Why are people talking about Section 101/Alice? –Under Section 101, only “eligible subject matter” can be patented: ..“Abstract ideas” are not eligible –Courts + Patent Office are treating many software and...more

MacroPoint, LLC v. FourKites, Inc. (N.D. Ohio 2015)

In a previous article on the USPTO's publication of its 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, we wrote: Despite the Interim Guidance offering a reasonably fair and thorough overview of the current...more

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