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Unclaimed Features Doom Patent Claims Under Section 101 Eligibility Analysis — Lessons from Two-Way Media

When claims are subject to the subject matter eligibility inquiry under 35 USC 101, details matter. In previous posts, the Patent 213 blog has stressed the need to provide details of the invention not only in the...more

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

Federal Circuit Review - December 2017

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Claims Directed to Methods for Streaming Audiovisual Data Held Unpatentable Under § 101 - In Two-Way Media Ltd v. Comcast Cable Communications, Appeal Nos. 2016-2531, 2016-2532, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district...more

Even Non-Obvious Patent Claims May Lack Inventive Concepts

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In the recent Two-Way Media v. Comcast decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s holding that evidence of non-obviousness was irrelevant to patent eligibility under the Supreme Court’s two-step Alice...more

Unclaimed Features Cannot Save Eligibility of Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Adhering to its now-familiar two-step framework for determining patent eligibility under the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2014 decision in Alice (IP Update, Vol. 17, No. 7), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Innovation on the Blockchain: Protect your IP Assets in 2018 and Beyond

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Blockchain-based patent applications started as a trickle, beginning with a few applications being filed in 2014. It has now exploded, with a few big filers jumping into the market in hopes of creating licensing opportunities...more

District Court Considers IPR In Deciding Alice Motion

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On November 20, 2017, a district court denied a defendant’s Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rule”) 12(b)(6) motion that sought to dismiss the case on the ground that the asserted patents were ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Inventor Holdings, Llc V. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc.

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Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Wallach, Chen, and Stoll. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Summary: Even if a patentee’s initial complaint was reasonable, the patentee can...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arctic Cat v. Bombardier deals with obviousness, patent marking, reasonable royalties, willfulness and enhanced damages. The panel affirms all of the district court’s rulings other than as to patent marking, which it remands...more

Can Juries Decide Patent Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101?

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No provision of the Patent Act has been more frequently litigated over the last several years than 35 U.S.C. § 101. After not having decided a § 101 case in nearly a decade, the Supreme Court issued four § 101 decisions in as...more

Canada Provides More Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Method Claims

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While the patent eligibility of diagnostic method claims remains questionable in the United States, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued updated guidance on the types of diagnostic method claims that can–and...more

Did you hear about the statistician who drowned in a lake with an average depth of two feet?

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I was reminded of this question, often posed by my dad to remind me not to become a slave to statistics, by two dramatic things that happened last week. On the one hand, at the IAM 2017 Patent Law and Policy conference in...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Delaware Alice Decision

In issuing its precedential decision earlier this month in Two-Way Media v. Comcast, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Delaware district court determination that four data streaming patents were directed to ineligible subject...more

Patent Invalidation Paves the Way for Automated Fare Collection Systems

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Next generation automated fare collection systems (AFC) typically characterized by open architecture designs, open payment approaches, and contactless card readers, are being installed in an increasing number of public...more

Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Erie Indemnity Co. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Intellectual Ventures I (IV) brought an action against Erie Indemnity Company in the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,757,298. Erie filed a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6),...more

BioPharma Patents Quick Tips & News – November 2017

Diagnostic Method Claims in the U.S. I. Let’s recap the last five years! Mayo (2012) = Supreme Court prohibits patents for diagnostic methods without “significantly more” (essentially, you must not only discover a...more

When the Blind Go Leading the Blind: The USPTO’s §101 Eligibility Guidance

In the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Myriad decision, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a set of guidance documents in March 2014 explaining how it planned to apply the new §101 precedents....more

Searching for How: The Federal Circuit’s Continued Quest under Alice

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On October 16, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the claims in Secured Mail Solutions LLC, v. Universal Wilde, Inc. (“Secured Mail”) were directed to patent-ineligible subject matter under 35...more

Cable Providers “Cut the Cord”: Audio/Video Streaming Patents Fail Both Alice Steps

The Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Delaware District Court in Two-Way Media, Ltd. v. Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., Nos. 16-2531, 16-2532 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2017), determining that Two-Way Media’s patents...more

Federal Circuit Endorses the Use of a Claim Preamble (Which Isn’t Even a Limitation, Right?) to Find the Claim Was Directed to an...

In Two-Way Media Ltd. v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, [2016-2531, 2016-2532] (November 1, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s determination that the asserted patents were directed to patent...more

Three Years of Alice: Federal Circuit Cases Upholding Patent Eligibility Under Alice Step 2

This post follows our previous post summarizing Federal Circuit cases upholding software patent claims on Alice Step 1 grounds.  Here, Step 2 decisions are explored in more detail, with a focus on additional lessons learned...more

New Flavors Of The Alice Analysis On Display In Federal Circuit Ineligibility Ruling

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Two-Way Media Ltd v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC et al., Fed. Cir. (November 1, 2017) - The Federal Circuit’s decision last week to invalidate all of the claims of two audio and video streaming patents as claiming no...more

Two-Way Media Ltd. v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Two-Way Media brought an action against Comcast in the District of Delaware, claiming infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,778,187, 5,983,005, 6,434,622, and 7,266,686. The District Court dismissed the case on the pleadings,...more

Method of Using Existing Bank Cards to Access Mass Transit Fails Both Alice Steps

In Smart Sys. Innovations, LLC v. Chi. Transit Auth., No. 2016-1233, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision holding that the claims at issue are directed to a patent ineligible abstract idea under 35...more

Patent Eligibility of Computer Implemented Inventions in the US

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At a recent Knobbe Martens and Bugnion SpA Seminar, Vlad Teplitskiy presented on patentable subject matter in the U.S. Please see full publication below for more information....more

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