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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

Judge Forrest Vacates Judge Scheindlin’s Prior Decision Invalidating TiVo Patents Under § 101

On November 29, 2016, District Judge Katherine B. Forrest (S.D.N.Y.) vacated the February 22, 2016 decision of Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, which had granted a motion to dismiss, brought by alleged infringers TNS Media...more

Top Takeaways: Best Ways to Address Section 101 Patent Eligibility

Kilpatrick Townsend partners Megan Chung and Thomas Franklin recently participated in a panel at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention in San Diego. Panelists, which included Jay Choi from Uber...more

USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...more

Federal Circuit Review | November 2016

Fraud-Detection Patent Claimed Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - In FairWarning IP, LLC v. Iatric Systems, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1985, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that FairWarning’s patent...more

Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Computerized Restaurant Ordering Menu Patents Found to Be Directed to Unpatentable Subject Matter - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reviewed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in three...more

The Difficulty in Implementing an Idea Does Not Mean the Idea is Not Abstract

In Apple, Inc., v. Ameranth, Inc., [2015-1703, 2015-1704] (November 29, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the PTAB’s subject matter eligibility determination of claims of U.S. Patent Nos....more

Federal Circuit Firmly Rejects PTAB Criteria For Covered Business Method Review - Brooks Kushman Post-Grant

In a recent panel decision that deviates from the Federal Circuit’s current tendency to defer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the court vacated a final written...more

A Patent Does Not Become a CBM Patent Because its Practice Could Involve a Potential Sale of a Product or Service

In Unwired Planet, LLC, v. Google, Inc., [2015-1812] (November 21, 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s final written decision in Covered Business Method Patent Review No. 2014-00006, that found the...more

Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Amdocs sued Openet in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,631,065, 7,412,510, 6,947,984, and 6,836,797. Openet moved for judgment on the pleadings on the grounds that all four...more

PTO Releases New Memo on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

In a memorandum to patent examiners dated November 2, 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) addressed recent subject matter eligibility decisions. The memorandum was spurred by two precedential US Court of Appeals...more

Guest Post -- USPTO Charting the Way for Subject Matter Eligibility

On November 2, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an important and forward-looking memo on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions for patent applications that offered guidance for drafting...more

How Much Did the Federal Circuit Narrow Eligibility for Covered Business Method Review?

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit narrowed the types of patents eligible for covered business method (CBM) review. In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 15-1812, (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2016) (“Unwired Planet”),...more

Tranxition, Inc. v. Lenovo (United States) Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Federal Circuit Finds Another Software Patent Invalid under Section 101 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a recent non-precedential decision in a case captioned Tranxition, Inc. v. Lenovo (United...more

A Compelling Invention Story May Support Patent-Eligibility

The Mayo/Alice two-step patent-eligibility framework focuses on the patent claims. Nevertheless, recent Federal Circuit decisions have relied on patent specification statements to support holdings that the claims are...more

For First Time, Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Finding That a Patent Is Eligible for “Covered Business Method” Review

On November 21, the Federal Circuit held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has been applying too broad a view of its own jurisdiction in conducting “covered business method” (CBM) reviews of patents pursuant to...more

Determining Patent Eligibility Pre-Claim Construction May Be Premature

For the third time in two months, the Federal Circuit took on patent subject-matter eligibility in Amdocs (ISRAEL) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc. In a divided opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held...more

Federal Circuit Rules that Patents Directed to Collecting and Filtering Network Data Are Eligible, Further Refining Alice/Mayo...

Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 2015-1180 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2016) - In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revisited the vexing problem of assessing patent eligibility...more

Evolving Post-Alice Law on Patent Eligibility

In two recent cases addressing patent eligibility of software patent claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found the challenged claims patent ineligible. In both cases, the Federal Circuit cited its Enfish...more

Video Upload Facilitation Patents Invalid Under Alice Framework

On November 10, 2016, Judge David C. Godbey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas held that two video upload patents were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The patents, owned by Youtoo...more

Federal Circuit Split On Specification's Role In Determining Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed a district court ruling that four related software patents are patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101, by considering the specification to determine that the...more

Intellectual Ventures Petitions Federal Circuit for Full Court Review

Earlier this week, Intellectual Ventures (IV) petitioned the full Federal Circuit to review the panel opinion in Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec, which invalidated two of its patents under section 101. Both patents—the...more

Federal Circuit Invalidates Synopsys’ Chip Design Patents as Unpatentable Abstract Ideas

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp., Case No. 2015-1599 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 17, 2016), upholding the lower court’s grant of summary judgment of invalidity under § 101, may provide...more

Federal Circuit Takes A Common Law Approach to “Abstract Idea” Determinations in Alice Cases

In Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom Inc. et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently upheld four software patents against a patent-eligibility challenge, finding that the patents do not claim an...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2016

Mean Girls v. The Right of Publicity: Lessons Learned From the Lohan and Gravano Lawsuits - On September 1, 2016, a New York appellate court ended two closely watched right of publicity lawsuits brought by Lindsay...more

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