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ShoppersChoice: Federal Circuit Affirms Section 101 Rejection of Patent at Pleadings Stage – a Reminder for Patentees to Raise...

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The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. district court’s holding at the pleadings stage that claims of a delivery notification patent were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The case is Electronic Commc’n Tech., LLC v....more

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Natural Law and Nothing More

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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING v. NEAPCO HOLDINGS LLC - Before Dyk, Moore, and Taranto. Appeal from the District Court for the District of Delaware. Summary: Claims directed to a law of nature, without more, may not be...more

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Federal Circuit Review - Issue 274

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274-1 Federal Circuit Revisits American Axle & Manufacturing; Case Remanded to Determine if One of the “Hooke’s Law” Claims is Ineligible under Other Theories of Eligibility - The Federal Circuit recently issued a modified...more

Mintz - Intellectual Property Viewpoints

Sort It Out: Cell Sorting Method with Data Processing Steps Patent Eligible

In XY, LLC v. Trans Ova Genetics, LC (Case 2019-1789, issued July 31, 2020), the Federal Circuit provided another example of a life sciences method claim avoiding patent ineligibility under the Alice framework at step one,...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

American Axle & Mfg. v. Neapco Holdings LLC (Fed. Cir. 2019)

Federal Circuit (Again) Hands Down Revised Opinion in Response to Petition for Rehearing - Recently the Federal Circuit has begun a practice of withdrawing an original opinion and handing down a substitute opinion in...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

XY, LLC v. Trans Ova Genetics, LC (Fed. Cir. 2020)

Last week, the Federal Circuit took the opportunity presented in an appeal from judgment on the pleadings in XY, LLC v. Trans Ova Genetics, LC to distinguish claims directed toward a patent-eligible invention from...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

The Three Properties of Patent-Eligibility: An Empirical Study

Patent eligibility is a bit of a mess these days.  Ever since the Supreme Court handed down the Alice v. CLS Bank decision six years ago, the distinction between what might be subject matter that can be patented and what is...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Federal Circuit Rules Public Key Cryptography Algorithm Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Note:  The below is a sarcastic parody, in the spirit of our earlier sarcastic parodies. WASHINGTON D.C., June 23, 1984.  In a unanimous decision, the Federal Circuit has ruled U.S. Patent No. 4,405,829 invalid under 35...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Packet Intelligence LLC v. NetScout Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2020)

Introduction - Packet Intelligence sued NetScout in the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,665,725, 6,839,751, and 6,954,789.  The District Court ruled that all three patents were valid...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC v. ShoppersChoice.com, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2020)

Electronic Communication Technologies (ECT) sued ShoppersChoice in the Southern District of Florida for allegedly infringing claim 11 of U.S. Patent No. 9,373,261.  The claim recites...more

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Patent Prosecution Tool Kit: Update on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility & Abstract Ideas

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, patent stakeholders have faced many difficulties navigating the world of patent-eligibility. Through many Federal Circuit decisions and Guidance given by the U.S....more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Video Gaming / E-Gaming Law Update - June 2020

Does My Video Game Violate Consumers’ Privacy Rights? The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the first broad-based state statute aimed at enhancing personal privacy rights for consumers. Following the example set by...more

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Further Thawing: Patent Eligibility Rates Continue Trending Upward In The Wake Of USPTO Guidance

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In my post back in March 2018, I analyzed an upward change in allowance rates in the 36XX art units based on my practitioner’s observation that inventions were finally beginning to be more frequently found eligible for...more

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Illumina v. Ariosa: Carving Out A New “Bucket” Of Section 101 Patent Eligible Claims

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Case Summary- On March 17, 2020, the Federal Circuit found that patents claiming methods of preparing an extracellular fraction of cell-free DNA that is enriched in fetal DNA were patent eligible and not invalid under 35...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Federal Circuit Affirms Rule 12(b)(6) Dismissal Because the Patent Was Directed to the Patent-Ineligible Abstract Idea of Teaching...

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal because the claims directed to an interactive video game for learning to play guitar were patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In its ruling, the court...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Barbaro Technologies, LLC v. Niantic, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2020)

Claims for an Interactive 3D Virtual Environment Found Patent Ineligible - In the field of computer gaming, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted Defendants' Rule 12 motion...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Federal Circuit Snubs Extrinsic Evidence in Reversing Ruling on 12(b)(6) Motion Arguing Invalidity Under § 101

In CardioNet, LLC, et al. v. InfoBionic, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s ruling that affirmed a defendant’s 12(b)(6) motion that the asserted claims are invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101, based on step one...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Uniloc USA, Inc. v. LG Electronics USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2020)

Uniloc, owner of U.S. Patent No. 6,993,049, brought an action for infringement of that patent against LG in the Northern District of California.  The District Court granted LG's motion to dismiss on the pleadings, agreeing...more

Mintz - Intellectual Property Viewpoints

Recent USPTO Report Suggests Greater Consistency and Predictability in Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter Rejections

Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) released a report detailing its findings on how the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, as well as subsequent USPTO guidance on 35...more

McDermott Will & Emery

Patent’s Explicit Description of Claimed Advantages Defeats § 101 Challenge

Reversing a district court’s motion to dismiss, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found patent claims directed to cardiac monitoring devices patent eligible under 35 USC § 101 because the claims were directed to...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

USPTO Assesses the Impact of Patent Eligibility's Changing Landscape

In a post-truth world, it is more tempting than ever to evaluate data based on gut instinct, intuition, and anecdotal evidence.  It is thus refreshing when results of a robust statistical analysis are published, even if the...more

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Adjusting to Alice: USPTO’s View of Its Examination Guidelines

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In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208 (2014) (“Alice”) held that technologies that merely implemented an abstract idea with a generic computer were not eligible for patent...more

Fenwick & West LLP

New USPTO Study Examines the Effects of Alice and USPTO Guidelines on Patent Eligibility

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On Thursday, April 23, the USPTO released a new study entitled “Adjusting to Alice: USPTO patent examination outcomes after Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International.” The report illustrates the dramatic impact of two developments...more

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Adjusting to Alice: USPTO Report analyzes patent examination outcomes after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

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Software-related patent applications have been in a legal flux for a number of years, with a lack of clarity and predictability over what exactly qualifies as patent eligible subject matter. Many technology enterprises have...more

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Using the Intrinsic Record to Resolve Alice Step One

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CARDIONET, LLC v. INFOBIONIC, INC - Before Dyk, Plager, and Stoll. Dyk dissenting in part. Appeal from the District of Massachusetts. Summary: Alice step one is a threshold inquiry that can be resolved by analyzing the...more

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