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Software Patents Are Still Very Useful Despite Alice, But Are Business Method Patents?

Patents generally describe new inventions in terms of a unique structure, function, or combination of structure and function. Those patents that focus on functions of computers or computer-implemented functionality are often...more

Conventional Use of Computer Not Enough to Overcome Alice - Westlake Services, LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp.; Regions Financial...

In two separate decisions involving an § 101 analysis of subject-matter eligibility of business methods patents (CBMs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that the...more

Specific Application Will Not Avoid Ineligibility Unless Required by the Claims - Int’l Securities Exchange LLC v. Chicago Board...

Addressing the patent eligibility of claims from two challenged covered business method patents (CBMs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found the challenged claims to be...more

New York Advises Sales of “Computing Power” Not Taxable

Yesterday, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Counsel issued advisory opinion TSB-A-15(2)S holding that cloud computing vendors providing “Internet infrastructure” were not subject to sales tax. ...more

An Easy First Impression: Joint Dismissal of Appellate Review - Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc.

Addressing for the first time the propriety of vacating an appellate opinion when the underlying appeal is rendered moot before issuance of that opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit determined that it...more

No One Told John Oliver About the America Invents Act: Last Week Tonight Stuck in 2012

The heady days of 2012 saw “Gangnam Style” dominate the U.S. music charts, Patricia Krentcil rocket to fame as the “New Jersey Tanning Mom,” and the New York Giants win the Super Bowl. That year also is the source of nearly...more

Defining Software

How software is defined will affect many of the important clauses in a agreement. Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Brian Kirkpatrick, writes of the importance of defining "Software" when drafting or negotiating software...more

Anatomy of a Traditional License Grant

Bria Kirkpatrick, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney discusses the importance of reviewing each part of a software license grant...more

First Foreign Hacker Is Convicted In The United States Of Hacking Crimes Involving Theft Of Trade Secrets From American Companies

A 22-year-old Canadian hacker has been sentenced to federal prison by a Delaware court for engaging in a conspiracy to break into the computer networks of several large gaming companies, to steal trade secret and other...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2015

Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc. (No. 2012-1289, 4/27/15) (Newman, Schall, Wallach) - April 27, 2015 11:12 AM. Wallach, J. On remand from the Supreme Court, reversing district court summary judgment...more

IT companies in São Paulo State: act by April 30 to open mandatory profit-sharing negotiations

The current collective bargaining agreement applicable to IT companies based in São Paulo, signed on January 30, 2015 (CBA), includes an obligation for employers to send a request to the workers' union to open negotiations to...more

Software Company to Face Suit Over Contract Restructuring

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California sustained a securities fraud complaint alleging that the defendants, a software company and its executives, had defrauded investors by failing to...more

Claims Must Be Limited to Financial Activities to Be Covered Business Methods - Salesforce.com, Inc. v. Applications in Internet...

Narrowing the application of covered business method (CBM) patent review, in two recent cases, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that patents whose claims may apply to industries other than the...more

BSA Releases European Union Cybersecurity Dashboard

On March 3, BSA/The Software Alliance, a software industry advocacy group, released the EU Cybersecurity Dashboard: A Path to a Secure European Cyberspace (the “EU Dashboard”), an analysis of data security laws and policies...more

The Most Important Issue Involving Superfish Isn’t Superfish

Many of the media reports around the recent Superfish debacle completely miss the main issue. First, though, let's recap what's been alleged about Superfish and similar types of pre-installed software. The allegation...more

Bargaining with Apple: Understanding the iOS Developer Program License Agreement

This article, which focuses on the iOS Developer Program License Agreement, is the second of two articles geared at helping app developers understand the fine print of the agreements they are asked to enter into with the...more

Disruptive Changes on the Horizon for Federal COTS Software Supply

Action Item: Firms making commercial off-the-shelf ("COTS") software sold to the federal government, or reselling COTS software to the federal government, should respond to the SBA’s recent proposed rule or risk a loss of...more

How to Fail in the Internet of Things

Innovation is prized in the growing space of the Internet of Things (IoT). But an innovative product design is not enough, and potential pitfalls abound. As demonstrated in a report published by the Federal Trade Commission...more

Urgent Notice To Employers: Annual H-1B Visa Quota Will Open on April 1

For employers looking to bring non-US citizens into the United States, an important immigration deadline is around the corner. Failure to properly plan for and meet this deadline may result in the employer’s inability to...more

From Carjacking to Carhacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a...more

What are you implying?

Case law teaches contractors a valuable lesson when dealing with ownership of copyright. It is essential to deal with each party’s position, typically through a written copyright licence, to avoid pitfalls further down the...more

Lab Tuesday - How Not to Use Apple’s Identifier for Advertising (IDFA/IFA)

Recently, the mobile platforms have played an important role in improving end-user privacy. Along these lines, Apple, in or around iOS version 6.0, created a new, unique identifier that could be used in place of the UDID and...more

Blueprint Generation Software Not Eligible for Patenting

Speeding up a blueprint generation process that can be done by hand does not make computer software eligible for patenting. So reasoned the New Hampshire district court in another of a bevy of post-Alice district court...more

Arguing a Post-Alice §101 “Abstract Idea” Rejection during Patent Prosecution

Since the Federal and Supreme Court rulings in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., we have seen some issued patents invalidated on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter directed to an...more

Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All

Online privacy is a growing concern for us all. As a mobile app owner or developer, you must include a privacy policy in your app that details the information you collect from users and the manner in which that information is...more

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