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USPTO Releases Examples for Interim Examination Guidelines for Determining Patent Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On January 27, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released examples to supplement the 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the interim guidelines), which were released in December 2014. ...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Hear How the SCOTUS Ruling May Impact Patent-Eligible Subject Matter for Software [Video]

After the Alice decision last summer by the Supreme Court, a large number of business method and software patents have been invalidated or found unpatentable by federal courts and the Patent Office as being drawn to abstract...more

Software Claim Is Held Unpatentable; Disputed Terms Are Not Indefinite

Following a 9-day jury trial, a mistrial was declared due to a hung jury. The court granted JMOL with respect to invalidity of certain claims. New trial dates were set for remaining claims, and the court addresses here...more

Post-Alice District Court Decisions Regarding the Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

It has been about 9 months since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the Supreme Court. In that time, many district court and Federal Circuit cases have resulted in grants of summary judgment or dismissal...more

Draft Available Only as a Password-Protected Download Is Not a Printed Publication - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Rembrandt...

Addressing a petition to institute an inter partes review of a patent for communicating between different modem types, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) declined to institute...more

Twenty-Two Ways Congress Can Save Section 101

In the seven months since Alice Corp. Pty. v. CLS Bank Int’l was decided, over one hundred patents have been invalidated for claiming ineligible subject matter, more than the total number of patents invalidated under Section...more

The En Banc Federal Circuit Hears Argument in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the en banc Federal Circuit heard oral argument in the matter of Suprema, Inc. v. ITC, reviewing its controversial panel decision holding that in ITC investigations induced infringement cannot...more

USPTO Provides Example Patent Eligible Software Claims

After the Alice decision last summer by the Supreme Court, a large number of business method and software patents have been invalidated or found unpatentable by federal courts and the Patent Office as being drawn to abstract...more

Some Patents May Survive Alice and Myriad

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

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

Supreme Court Update: Jesinoski V. Countrywide Home Loans (13-684) And Whitfield V. United States (13-9026)

Greetings, Court fans! The Court returned to action yesterday with two quick-and-unanimous decisions on statutory construction, Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans (13-684), addressing the time and manner for exercising...more

Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract ?

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

Intellectual Property 2014 Year In Review

There were a number of notable developments in patent case law in 2014. Key decisions from the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court tackled a variety of key issues, including patent eligibility of software and business methods,...more

CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

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

Patent Office Issues New Examination Guidelines for Subject Matter Eligibility

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

Impact of the Alice V. CLS Bank Decision – A Year-End Review

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

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

Banking software patent is found to be invalid

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

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

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