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More Misinformation Regarding the Patent System and Non-Practicing Entities

The press has been all too eager to decry the so-called "broken" U.S. patent system and the alleged "scourge" of non-practicing entities (NPEs). However, few if any articles attempt to provide an even-handed analysis of...more

Business Method Patents Live! – Federal Circuit Finds First Patent That Survives Post-Alice Analysis

Since the Supreme Court issued its June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office have been...more

Blog: Can You Patent Your Software?

Emerging companies often ask: “Is my idea patentable?” Many of these ideas relate to software. The patent eligibility of software is again a hot topic in the United States and around the world. Recent developments in US...more

Claims Directed to a Mental Task Are Abstract, but Computerizing an Old Practice Is Not

Cambridge Assocs., LLC v. Capital Dynamics; PNC Bank et al. v. Secure Axcess - Addressing the issue of patent-eligible subject matter for covered business method (CBM) patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...more

CAFC Finds Patent Claiming Software-Related Invention is Patentable

For the first time since the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision this past summer, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has found that a patent claiming a software-related invention...more

Viability of certain Internet and software patents reconfirmed in DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com

DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, L.P., Appeal No. 2013-1505 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 5, 2014) For those following the law of patent eligibility in the United States, a December 5, 2014 precedential decision by the Court of...more

The Day the Exception Swallowed the Rule: Is Any Software Patent Eligible After Ultramercial III?

The Supreme Court has consistently cautioned that the judicial exceptions to patent eligibility need to be carefully applied: At the same time, we tread carefully in construing this exclusionary principle lest it...more

In Light of Alice the Federal Circuit Flips – Finding Ultramercial Business Method Software Lacks Patent Eligibility

On Thursday, November 14, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued its latest decision in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC and WildTangent, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 21633 – a case that has been through a four-year appeal process and...more

Computer and Software Related Innovation – Is There A Rationale For Filing Software Patent Applications in Canada?

Intellectual property law provides a number of avenues to protect investments that innovators make in developing and marketing software. Securing one or more intellectual property rights is critical in acquiring and...more

Claim terms construed, emphasizing construction is a mixed question of law and fact, and finding a preamble limiting and...

JobDiva, Inc. v. Monster Worldwide, Inc. Case Number: 1:13-cv-08229-KBF - On October 3, 2014, Judge Forrest construed terms of four JobDiva patents and one Monster patent. The JobDiva patents are...more

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu, LLC: Federal Circuit Invites Early Challenges to Subject Matter Eligibility of Software Patents

Earlier this year, in Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court set out guidelines for determining whether patents claiming software and hardware features are statutorily eligible for patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Following...more

Patent Update for IT and Biotech Companies: New Pieces to the Patent Puzzle

In This Presentation: - PATENT ELIGIBLE SUBJECT MATTER: LIFE IN SOFTWARE/IT AFTER ALICE CORPORATION V. CLS BANK (AND OTHER RECENT 101 DECISIONS) - A Brief History with respect to Software and Biz...more

Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit made it clear earlier today that district courts should freely grant stays in view of Covered Business Method ("CBM") patent reviews instituted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). In Versata...more

Federal Circuit Weighs in on Stay in View of Covered Business Method Review

The first few decisions from the Federal Circuit are starting to trickle in and are sure to bring more upheaval to Patent Office post-grant procedures. In Versata Software, Inc., et al. v. Callidus Software, Inc., the Court...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - November 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 6

Plaintiff Files Third Amended Antitrust Claim Against Highmark - A long running antitrust dispute in Western Pennsylvania continued on October 1, when a Pennsylvania hotel (Cole’s Wexford Hotel) filed a third amended...more

Ultramercial: Software Patent Invalidated After Application of Alice, Patent Eligibility Becoming Threshold Question for...

The Federal Circuit recently applied Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank to invalidate all claims of a patented method for advertising over the Internet in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC (Fed. Cir. November 14, 2014). Like the Supreme...more

Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent,...more

Third Time Is the Charm for WildTangent Challenge of Patent Eligibility of Ultramercial Patent

In its third opinion reviewing the same district court decision, the Federal Circuit this time affirmed the district court’s grant of WildTangent’s motion to dismiss Ultramercial’s patent infringement complaint because the...more

Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC - Another Data Point in the Subject-Matter Eligibility of Software Inventions

Why It's Important - The Ultramercial decision will provide an additional tool in invalidating overly broad software-based patents. It also underscores the value of carefully crafting software patents, as those...more

IP|Trend: New Era in Protection of Software by Intellectual Property Law? [Video]

It’s been a rough couple of years for software developers seeking patent protection for their software. Decisions by the Supreme Court have limited the amount of patent protection that developers can obtain. Attorneys Seth...more

IP Newsflash - November 2014

Central District of California Clarifies the Section 101 Analysis and Finds Another Two Patents Invalid - On November 3, 2014, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California spent the better part of...more

Is Your Software Invention Eligible for Patent Protection?

Under the patent laws, “Whoever invents or discovers any new or useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor…” While the statement of...more

After Alice: Patent Eligibility Considerations for All Technology Inventors

The technological advances of post-WWII America spurred the growth of patenting of modern technology. From chemicals to useful bacteria, and from petroleum derivatives to computer chips, many of the inventions that are now a...more

A Sea Change after Alice: Recent Court Decisions Show Patents Are Vulnerable under Section 101 Attack

Since 2010, the Supreme Court has issued four decisions on patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In the most recent decision, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court continued the restrictive approach set forth in...more

Know the Patent Specification Before Filing a Motion to Amend

Veeam Software Corp. v. Symantec Corp. - Addressing issues of claim construction and the requirements for a motion to amend, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) ruled that the...more

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