Emergency Call Analysis Patent Claims Invalid Under Alice

Patent claims directed to an “emergency call analysis system” were held patent ineligible, and a motion to dismiss for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 granted, in Boar’s Head Corp. v. Directapps, Inc., No. 2:14-cv-01927-KJM-KJN (E.D. California, July 27, 2015). The court found that under the Mayo/Alice test the patent […]

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Patent Claims to Use of Inertial Sensors Fail the Alice Test

The Court of Federal Claims recently held that patent claims for determining the orientation of a pilot in a fighter jet, although reciting hardware elements, were invalid as directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Thales Visionix, Inc. v. The United States, No. 14-513C (Ct. Cl. July 20, 2015). Accordingly, the […]

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Updated USPTO Patent-Eligibility Guidelines Are a Must-Read

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently updated its patentable subject matter guidance.  Anyone involved in making filing decisions and/or preparing and prosecuting software or business methods patent applications would be well advised to consult the new documents.  I did not provide such a recommendation concerning the USPTO’s initial “Interim” post-Alice guidance, issued in December […]

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Internal Website Can Be a Trade Secret

Allegations that a customer database and an inter-office call center website were trade secrets survived a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss in Capital Meats, Inc. v. The Meat Shoppe, LLC, Civil No. JFM-15-212 (D. Md. July 9, 2015). The court ruled that the plaintiff had stated a plausible claim under the Maryland Uniform Trade Secrets […]

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Stay Granted Based on Inter Partes Review Petition Filed Four Months Before Patent Lawsuit

Judge Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas has granted a defendant’s motion for a stay based on institution of an Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceeding.  MemSmart Semiconductor Corp. v. AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd., No. 2:14-CV-1107-JRG (E.D. Texas July 10, 2015).  The defendant was able to present strong facts in support of a stay.  Notably, […]

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Patent-Eligibility at the PTAB in Ex Parte Appeals

Far from finding relief from an examiner’s patent-ineligibility rejection at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), patent applicants may find that ex parte appeals are their undoing.  A recent decision in an appeal filed in 2012, reversing an examiner’s prior art rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a), but setting forth a new ground of […]

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