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Two Years After Alice: A Survey of the Impact of a "Minor Case" (Part 2)

AliceStorm at the USPTO - While AliceStorm's effect is most visible in the courts, because of their public nature, the real impact is largely unseen: it is the widespread rejection of patent applications by the USPTO. ...more

Website Labeling Patent not "Financial" Enough for a CBM

Covered Business Method (CBM) petitions are limited to patents relating to “a financial product or service.” CBM petitions are generally favored by defendants over Inter Partes Review (IPR) petitions by allowing a defendant...more

Motorola Mobility, LLC, v. Intellectual Ventures I, LLC (PTAB 2016)

After Multiple CBM Petitions, Motorola Invalidates Software Patent - On March 21, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in the Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review...more

USPTO News Briefs - March 2016

USPTO Seeks Sample Applications for eMod Project - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office distributed a Patents Alert USPTO News e-mail last week requesting that stakeholders provide .docx sample applications for testing...more

Claims Are Construed In Computer Technology Case

Yodlee, Inc. v. Plaid Technologies, Inc., C.A. No. 14-1445-LPS, January 15, 2016. Stark, C.J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding nineteen terms from seven patents. A Markman hearing took place on November 17,...more

5 tips for managing your patent assets

Patent protection is one of the most important ways companies can protect their assets. Patents provide an unequaled head start in the marketplace. With patent protection, your business can work out all the growing pains...more

The Patentability of Encryption Inventions

Encryption seems to be in the news quite a bit lately. Electronic retailers and government organizations have become targets of computer hackers across the globe, attacking their servers and obtaining sensitive information...more

Cleantech and solar photovoltaic innovation – an area of opportunity for the mining industry

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) funding priorities for new investment represent an area of opportunity for the mining industry. While investment in clean technology may, on the surface, seem at odds with the...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - September 2015

The September issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market™ newsletter discusses considerations when filing a petition under the USPTO pilot program, outlines what you should know when protecting a trademark for wearable...more

Drafting Intellectual Property Agreements: Best Practices From a Litigator’s Perspective

As intellectual property licensing continues to grow more prevalent, legal practitioners and business personnel are being asked to craft and negotiate agreements that can significantly impact a business’s ability to compete...more

[Event] PEDC Training: IP Blunders and How to Avoid Them - Oct. 6th, McLean, VA

On Oct. 6, Intellectual Property attorney Josh Brady will deliver a two-hour hands-on training session on how to recognize potential IP blunders and plot a course to avoid them. This will be the first in a series of IP...more

Patent Claims Are Not Drawn to Patent Eligible Subject Matter

The defendants filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings for invalidity under § 101. The motion was granted. The plaintiff’s claim construction was adopted for purposes of the motion. The Court then applied the two-step...more

#AliceStorm: The Summertime Blues Continue

In my July post, I noted that Section 101 court decisions were issuing fast and furious, with twelve decisions in just the first ten days. I predicted that "At this pace, we could see some twenty to thirty decisions this...more

Two Hundred and Twenty Fifth Anniversary of U.S. Patent X000001

U.S. Patent X000001 was granted on July 31, 1790 to Samuel Hopkins. The original document went missing for many years, only resurfacing in 1956. The inventor named is Samuel Hopkins, but which Samuel Hopkins was much in...more

Versata: What's Technological and The New Rule Against Improvements

What Is a "technological invention"? The other part of the CBM definition at issue in Versata is the exclusion of a technological invention from the scope of CBM review. Correctly, the Court noted that the USPTO's...more

Motion To Dismiss For Failure To Claim Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Is Granted In Part

Andrews, J. Defendants’ motion to dismiss amended complaints for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter pursuant to § 101 is granted in part. The court heard oral argument and considered plaintiff’s proposed claim...more

Check Your Technology License: Payments May Be Unenforceable

Expiration of a patent also terminates the rights to collect royalties on that patent – even if a license contract says otherwise. All businesses are reminded to check the termination date of any patent licensed to the...more

Update: Patent Trolls Are Targeting the Energy Industry

New data shows a sharp increase in the number of patent troll lawsuits being filed against energy companies in 2015. As we predicted in our March 2014 White Paper, “Are Patent Trolls Now Targeting the Energy...more

Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

1. Background - In 2006, Akamai Technologies ("Akamai") sued Limelight Networks, Inc. ("Limelight") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703. The...more

3D Printing, Innovation Protection, and Manufacturing: The Big Change is Now

Intellectual property (IP) law is undergoing a major transformation just as additive manufacturing? or 3D printing? has begun to revolutionize the manufacturing industry. The interplay between these two forces could end up...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

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

A Sea Change for IPRs? Late-Breaking Section 11 Regarding IPRs Part of the PATENT Act Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

As reported here last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the PATENT Act bill, with a Managers Amendment that includes several IPR-specific provisions. With this Amendment, the PATENT Act now has two major...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

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