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Trade Secrets, Security, and Cloud Computing: Best Practices Now

As businesses increasingly store and access confidential information in the cloud, questions arise as to how to safeguard a company’s private data once it becomes part of an external computing network. Standards for...more

The “Oracle” Predicts It: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Landmark Software Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari in the case of Google, Inc. v. Oracle America, Inc., a closely watched case regarding the eligibility of software for copyright protection. The Supreme Court’s decision...more

9 Key Factors That Impact Patent Valuations

Figuring out what a patent is worth can often feel like black magic. But, doing so can be critical during an IP due diligence or when trying to assess the value of a company built around the intellectual property. In...more

Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. AT&T Mobility LLC (Fed. Cir. 2015)

On September 23, 2010, Eon filed suit against seventeen defendants in the District Court of the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,663,757. During the case, the '757 patent went through two...more

Federal Circuit Reaffirms Kessler Doctrine As A Patent Infringement Defense For Customers

Applying a doctrine dating to Kessler v. Eldred, 206 U.S. 285 (1907), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled that when a patentee’s infringement action against the manufacturer of an accused product...more

In Rush to Invalidate Patents at Pleadings Stage, Are Courts Coloring Outside the Lines?

OIP Technologies v. Amazon.com and IPC v. Active Network are the most recent of a growing number of decisions dismissing software and business method patent lawsuits on the pleadings. In these decisions, the courts are...more

The Status of Business Method Patents

Business method patents have a checkered history. They were once very much in vogue—numerous such patents issued, and many of them were litigated. Then, about two years ago, Congress enacted a special procedure that made it...more

Computer-Implemented Business Methods: Patentable?

In this Presentation: - Patentability of Computer-implemented Business Methods – A Recap - Research Affiliates v Commissioner of Patents - RPL Central v Commissioner of Patents - The Global Context:...more

Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc. (Fed Cir. 2015)

Since late last year, the main theme of many 35 U.S.C. § 101 disputes has been whether claims under review are more like those in Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC or DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com. In the former case, the...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2015

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know - Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got...more

The One Year Anniversary: The Aftermath of #AliceStorm

It's been one year since the Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. On its face the opinion was relatively conservative, cautioning courts to "tread carefully" before invalidating patents, and emphasizing that...more

Fed Circuit Reverses PTAB Decision in IPR Proceeding

On June 16, the Federal Circuit issued its first-ever reversal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in an America Invents Act post-grant proceeding. The opinion, drafted by Chief Judge Prost and joined by CAFC Judge...more

What Was Old Is New Again for Means + Function Claim Elements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc for the limited purpose of revisiting when claims invoke the means-plus-function language of 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶ 6 (§ 112(6)) (now § 112(f)) replaced a part of...more

Federal Circuit Decreases Strength of Presumption Against Treatment of Patent Claims as Means-Plus-Function

Accused infringers challenging patent claims now have a new arrow in their quiver as a result of yesterday's holding in Williamson v. Citrix Online, et al. In an en banc decision, the Federal Circuit replaced an earlier...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Broadens What Constitutes A Means-Plus-Function Limitation (Williamson V. Citrix)

Yesterday, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Williamson v. Citrix that includes an en banc portion that broadens the circumstances in which claim limitations may be deemed means-plus-function limitations. This appears...more

Interim Guidance Status Check

As of Tuesday, June 16th, we have been living with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's "2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility" ("Guidance") for six months. Although the USPTO subsequently issued some...more

OIP Technologies, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

In its first substantive application of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2015, the Federal Circuit has once again shot down claims for not meeting the patent-eligibility requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 101. In 2012, OIP sued Amazon in...more

Plaintiff Survives Motion To Dismiss Provided Complaint Is Amended To Include Record Generated Through Motion Practice

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motions to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim are denied. Claim 1 is a method claim and the accused network congestion management practices are used by defendants internally. The...more

How to Keep What is Yours: Practical Considerations for Healthcare IT Protection

One of the worst kept secrets is the experienced and expected growth in healthcare IT. In 2013, over $650 million was invested into healthcare IT companies, and the trend is continuing to grow. Combined with the fact that...more

Ultramercial v. WildTangent -- Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The Ultramercial story is not over. In the latest step of a controversial case involving 35 U.S.C. § 101 that has been ongoing since 2009, patentee Ultramercial has petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The...more

Technological Invention Exception Key to Foiling CBM - Bloomberg Finance LP v. Quest Licensing Corporation; Apple Inc. v....

In four orders addressing the requirements for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)) found the “financial product or service”...more

Software-Related Claim Construction: How to Steer Clear of "No-Man's Land"

In Allvoice Developments US, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court finding that claims were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Federal Circuit noted that although the claims were directed to...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 2

In This Issue: - After B&B Hardware, What is the Full Scope of Estoppel Arising From a PTAB Decision in District Court Litigation? - When You Don’t Know What You Know: The Role of Unappreciated Inherency in the...more

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

Tracking #AliceStorm: Spring Showers Continue to Rain Patent Destruction

It's been six weeks since my last AliceStorm update, and we've had plenty of action: twelve §101 decisions, and fourteen patents invalidated in just that period. That said, the success rate of motions on the pleadings is...more

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