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United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.    less -

Myriad, Mayo, Chakrabarty, Oh My: Strategies for Life Sciences Diagnostics – Part III

In Part III of “Myriad, Mayo, Chakrabarty, Oh My: Strategies for Life Sciences Diagnostics”, we consider the use of examiner interviews and how they can assist into obtaining allowable diagnostic claims. An examiner...more

ABA-IPL Section Proposes Amendments to s. 101 – Too Much of a “Good Thing”?

The ABA-IPL Section sent proposed amendments to PTO Director Lee intended to lessen the burden on patent applicants encountering the Mayo/Alice Rules for patent-eligible subject matter. The proposed amendments list exceptions...more

ABA IP Law Section Sends Section 101 Revision Proposal to USPTO Director Lee

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL) sent today to continuing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee a letter containing its proposal for revising 35 U.S.C. § 10i in...more

U.S. Patent Office Provides Additional Examples of Eligible Subject Matter

After the Supreme Court case of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, the Patent Office has issued a series of examination guidelines and examples to guide examiners and patent practitioners in determining patent eligible subject...more

Patents harder to obtain now, attorney say

by GableGotwals on

Back in 1899, Charles H. Duell, thencommissioner of the U.S. patent office, purportedly said “everything that can be invented hhttp://cms.jdsupra.com/docuploader/document/related/58d2c8cd-0e40-4396-bbfc-05ecd6f4c0ad/#as been...more

Shzoom Requests the Federal Circuit Reissue Trading Technologies as Precedential Opinion

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On January 18, 2017 the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Trading Technologies Int’l., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., its first decision finding a user interface to be patent eligible subject matter. The court designated the opinion...more

AliceStorm Update February 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

As many of my readers noticed, I didn't publish any of my own blogs in January and February. As it turned out, I suffered from a peculiar form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), what I would call SMIAD: Subject Matter...more

State Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Legal Malpractice Claim That Required Court To Resolve Federal Issues Relating To Scope,...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Solar Dynamics, Inc. v. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., 2017 WL 519314 (Fla. 2017) - Brief Summary - A Florida appellate court held that the trial court lacked jurisdiction over a legal malpractice action that...more

PTAB Puts Method Of Treatment Patents Under The 101 Knife

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the Supreme Court decisions in Myriad and Mayo have been applied to diagnostic-type claims, method of treatment patents were thought to be safe from the recent judicial expansion of the patent-(in)eligibility doctrine....more

Myriad, Mayo, Chakrabarty, Oh My: Strategies for Life Sciences Diagnostics – Part I

Patent eligibility is a balancing act; the Supreme Court explained in Mayo that “too broad an interpretation of this exclusionary principle could eviscerate patent law. For all inventions at some level embody, use, reflect,...more

Intellectual Properties Owners Association Proposes Legislative Fix for s. 101

On Wed., February 8, 2017, IPO released the report of its legislation task force. Unlike the hundreds of academic analyses of the legislative history of s. 101 – and this report includes another – the Task Force took the...more

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part II

As discussed in a previous article, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These...more

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part I

About a week before the holidays, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office quietly published a trio of new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability. These are the latest in a...more

Covered Business Methods Patents — Not So Broad!

by Weintraub Tobin on

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has reminded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in no uncertain terms that covered business method review has limits. In Unwired Planet, LLC v....more

Gust, Inc. v. Alphacap Ventures, LLC (S.D.N.Y. 2016); O2 Media, LLC v. Narrative Science Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2017)

The Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l decision requires the application of a two-part test to determine whether claims are directed to patent-eligible subject matter. One must first determine...more

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

As 2017 begins and IP strategies are being developed for the new year, it is a good time to reflect on what IP issues were prominent in 2016. According to the many readers of Global IP Matters, hot topics included navigating...more

Top Five Stories of 2016

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Alice Brings a Mix of Gifts For 2016 Holidays

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Like the odd aunt whose holiday gifts can range from the wonderful to the recyclable, in 2016 Alice brought both good and bad tidings. Let’s start with the nice ones....more

Exploring the Legal Contours of Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

by Fenwick & West LLP on

I'd like to go back to some first principles and history. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution neatly divided the promotion of, on the one hand: Science, the fields of knowledge and ideas, by securing exclusive...more

The Latest Memorandum from USPTO on Subject Matter Eligibility Provides Additional Guidance for Post-Alice Prosecution

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On November 2, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued a memorandum to Examiners ("Memorandum") updating the USPTO's May 2016 subject matter eligibility ("SME") guidance in light of recent...more

USPTO Updates Patent Examiners on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

On November 2, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memorandum ("November 2016 Memo") to its patent examiners, updating them on recent subject matter eligibility decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

A Long Road Ahead: A Solo Entrepreneur's Perspective on the USPTO’s Roundtable I - Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

by Fenwick & West LLP on

I am a solo entrepreneur. After twenty plus years in industry, I decided to take the risk and start my own business using my own capital. In the parlance of the law I am considered, almost affectionately, a micro-entity. ...more

USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...more

Federal Circuit Firmly Rejects PTAB Criteria For Covered Business Method Review

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In a recent panel decision that deviates from the Federal Circuit’s current tendency to defer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the court vacated a final written...more

A Patent Does Not Become a CBM Patent Because its Practice Could Involve a Potential Sale of a Product or Service

In Unwired Planet, LLC, v. Google, Inc., [2015-1812] (November 21, 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s final written decision in Covered Business Method Patent Review No. 2014-00006, that found the...more

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