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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary with only a limited number of cases granted review each term.  The Court is comprised of one chief justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to hold lifetime positions. less -
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Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

There's an old saying that “bad facts make bad law,” acknowledging that a court's decisions regarding extreme cases can result in law poorly adapted to less extreme cases. The Supreme Court's recent trio of 35 U.S.C. § 101...more

Are Permanent Injunctions in Patent Cases Back in Style?

Two recent district court decisions out of the District of Delaware have again placed the spotlight on permanent injunctions in patent cases. Prior to 2006, there was a longstanding general rule that courts would issue...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- AUTM, COGR, AAU, and APLU

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

What Does the Supreme Court Ruling in Alice v. CLS Mean to a Software Entrepreneur? [Video]

The Supreme Court’s ruling against broadly claimed software patents in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered, which means the controversy and confusion over the scope of patent...more

I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court opinion in Bilski v. Kappos was handed down, the debate over the scope of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has been at times stimulating, complex, comical, and frustrating. Now it...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2014

Fifth Annual "Live at the ITC" – On July 30, 2014, the Fifth Annual Forum on Section 337 and Other Developments at the U.S. International Trade Commission, entitled Live at the ITC, was co-sponsored by the ABA-IPL...more

Evolving Healthcare Trends & Patents: Charting a Safe Course for Personalized Medicine

Rapid changes resulting from personalized medicine, including the ability to use individual patient biomarker data to generate a tailored treatment, are transforming healthcare. New business structures are evolving in the...more

Supreme Court's Decision on Indefiniteness Constitutes Basis to Reconsider Prior Claim Construction Order But Does Not Result in...

In this patent infringement action, Defendant Lighthouse Photonics Corporation's ("Lighthouse") moved to reconsider the Court's Claim Construction Order. Lighthouse argued three reasons for reconsideration: "first, Newport...more

Public Comments to USPTO’s Preliminary Examination Instructions in View of Supreme Court Decision in Alice Case

As reported here last month, the USPTO recently issued a memorandum to the Examination Corps, entitled “Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...more

In re Patel (Fed Cir 2014)

The Supreme Court has made a sport of reversing the Federal Circuit over the past decade or so, and other than reserved (and sometimes not so reserved) statements by members of the lower court, the Federal Circuit has...more

The USPTO Issues Guidelines for Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis: How the Supreme Court's Decisions in Pathology v. Myriad and...

On March 4th, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance advising examiners and the public of the factors for determining whether an invention satisfies the provisions of 35 U.S.C. §101, as applied...more

Federal Circuit Review - Nautilus, Limelight, and Alice (July 2014)

Supreme Court Sets New Indefiniteness Standard - In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., Appeal No. 13-169, the Supreme Court vacated and remanded Federal Circuit’s reversal of summary judgment because the...more

The USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance TRIPS Over Treaty Requirements

The “Myriad-Mayo” patent subject matter eligibility guidance issued March 4, 2014 reflects the USPTO’s interpretation of Supreme Court cases interpreting and applying 35 USC § 101 to claims involving laws of nature, natural...more

The Supreme Court’s Push For Clarity in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court had a busy term, particularly with regard to patent cases, and especially in an effort to provide much needed guidance to the divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court granted...more

Supreme Court Rules Abstract Ideas Implemented on Computer Not Patent-Eligible

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International that patent claims for managing risk in financial transactions disclosed an abstract idea and were thus not...more

What to Know After the Latest Patent Ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed its earlier ruling on patent claims involving computers and software. In light of that decision, companies and inventors that have business methods patents, software...more

Victims of Patent Trolls Get Re-Sharpened Weapon in their Defense

Fee-shifting in patent infringement suits has been authorized by statute since 1952, for application in “exceptional cases.” For the past nine years, that statute has not often been applied as a result of the Federal...more

Where are You, Congress? Alice v. CLS Bank and “The Case Against Patents”

A recent episode of NPR’s “Planet Money” was entitled “The Case Against Patents.” Several notable commentators in that episode questioned whether patents help or hinder innovation, whether history supports the benefits of a...more

Abstract Ideas: The Patent Office’s First Take on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidelines for Examiners, often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish the specific...more

The Patentability Exclusion for "Abstract Ideas" is Even More Abstract Post-Alice

In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 2014 U.S. Lexis 4303 (June 19, 2014, No. 13-298) the Supreme Court once again addressed what has been termed "business method" patents in the context of determining whether...more

Aftermath of the Supreme Court Ruling regarding Patent-Ineligible Abstract Ideas in Alice v. CLS Bank

Readers are likely aware that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued a ruling, in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL...more

Why Are Method of Treatment Claims and Method of Manufacture Claims Subject to Scrutiny Under the USPTO Patent Subject Matter...

The USPTO has asked for written comments on its patent subject matter eligibility guidance by July 31, 2014. In this article, I discuss why therapeutic method claims and method of manufacture claims should not be subject to...more

SCOTUS Roundup: How were patent trolls affected?

While much of the attention this year has fallen on Congress and its now failed attempts to pass patent law reform, the U.S. Supreme Court may have quietly provided significant ammunition to those trying to curb abusive...more

Are Computer-implemented Inventions Patent Eligible? Go ask Alice

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice). In Alice, the Court held that several computer-implemented patents were not eligible for patenting under 35...more

Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Less than four weeks after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the Federal Circuit has used the holding of that case to strike down a patentee's claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101....more

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