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

by Knobbe Martens on

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?

by WilmerHale on

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

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

2018 NDAA Analysis: DoD “Amazon” Bill Poised to Become Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the second blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

Patent Eligibility Pointers from the Federal Circuit – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post series, several decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) were analyzed to explore factors that may lead a court to find patent claims ineligible under §101. The cases discussed...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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

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

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For Software Patents At The Federal Circuit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the past year, several Federal Circuit decisions defined situations in which software inventions could be eligible for patenting in the United States. However, two recent Federal Circuit decisions show that the path for...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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

Guide to the U.S. Patent Office’s Materials on Subject Matter Eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

Since 2014, the USPTO has periodically issued examination guidance, analysis examples, and other insights to guide evaluation of patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These documents are available on the...more

Copyrighting Design Elements of a “Useful Item”: Lessons From Star Athletica

by Revision Legal on

In general, no copyright protection is available for the design of something that is “useful.” “Useful” is defined by the Copyright Act as something with “an intrinsic utilitarian function that is not merely to portray the...more

Mayo at Five: Are Traditional Method of Treatment Claims in Danger Under Section 101?

by Fish & Richardson on

Just over five years ago, the Supreme Court began reshaping the concept of patent-eligible subject matter in the life sciences with its decision in Mayo v Prometheus. The Mayo case introduced a new two-step test for patent...more

Broadsoft, Inc. v. Callwave Communications, LLC (D. Del. 2017)

Telephone Call Processing Patent Claims Found Invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 - In the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Plaintiff filed a declaratory judgment action on seeking a declaration that...more

USPTO Finds SureGene Personalized Medicine Treatment Unpatentable Under Mayo

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Ex Parte Timothy, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) affirmed the Examiner’s rejection of personalized medicine treatment claims. This decision highlights the PTAB’s willingness to invalidate claims that it...more

USPTO Update on Patent-Eligibility for Life Science Inventions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 2nd 2017, the USPTO hosted a Bicoastal Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership that focused on the USPTO’s current thinking on patent-eligibility. The meeting followed the USPTO’s June 25th, 2017...more

Shearman & Sterling’s Digest on Federal Circuit Jurisprudence Concerning the “Abstract Idea” Exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

At first glance, the development of Section 101 jurisprudence appears chaotic. The Supreme Court captured several different kinds of problems in Alice and its earlier patentable-subject-matter opinions, and the Federal...more

Patent Eligibility Pointers from the Federal Circuit – Part I

What characteristics of a claim do the courts use to determine if a claimed invention meets the statutory requirements under 35 USC §101? This question has been vexing patent attorneys for years, with the question becoming...more

Surviving Alice with an Appeal

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This third article in the “Surviving Alice” series examines how the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 Alice decision. It also shows how applicants can use the PTAB’s...more

District Court Finds Mallinckrodt Patents Claim Unpatentable Natural Phenomena

by Knobbe Martens on

The recent district court ruling in INO Therapeutics LLC et al v. Praxair Distribution, Inc. et al employed the two-step analytical framework of Mayo/Alice to evaluate subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, and the...more

Judge Talwani Dismisses Diagnostic Patent Infringement Case under Section 101

In a recent patent infringement case relating to a method for diagnosing a neuro-muscular disorder, Judge Indira Talwani in the District of Massachusetts found the asserted patent claims to be patent ineligible because the...more

Video Game Network Patent Found to Be Patent Eligible – Not an Abstract Idea

The Federal District Court in Delaware recently denied a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case involving a video game networking technology patent based on the patent allegedly being invalid for lack of...more

Preemption is “Part and Parcel” of the §101; But Lack of Preemption Does Not Necessarily Establish Patentability

In Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, [2016-1502] (August 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that the US Postal Service had standing to challenge Return Mails patents in an CBMR, and...more

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