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Guidance published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December 16, 2014 indicates a slight softening in its position regarding patentable subject matter. The patent community has been hard hit in the last few...more
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
Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas”...more
Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347...more
On December 16, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) published new guidelines for determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless...more
The Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision has had a significant impact on the prosecution of software-based patent applications, on the institution of 101-based covered business method patent reviews, and on...more
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
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
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
Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of invalidity is granted; plaintiff’s motion for validity is denied. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement is granted; plaintiff’s motion for...more
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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