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Federal Circuit Makes Patent-Eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 Even Murkier

Claims  of  U.S. Patent No. 5,987,606, directed to “content filtering information retrieved from an internet computer network,” recited an “inventive concept,” and therefore were patent-eligible as a matter of law under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. v. ATT Mobility LLC., No. 2015-1763 (June 27, 2016).  Judge Chen wrote for a majority […]

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Objectively Reasonable Defenses Do Not Preclude Finding of Willful Patent Infringement

The Federal Circuit has held that even if an accused infringer’s defenses to patent infringement are objectively reasonable, Supreme Court precedent does not preclude a willful infringement finding, or enhancing damages.  WBIP, LLC v. Kohler Co., Nos. 2015-1038, 2915-1044 (Fed. Cir. July 19, 2016). In WBIP, the district court decided the willful infringement question under […]

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Another Easy Section 101 Case at the Federal Circuit

In a per curiam decision on an appeal brought by a pro se patent owner, a Federal Circuit panel of Judges O’Malley, Linn, and Stoll held that claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,744,933 (“Payroll processing, certification, reporting and project management system and method”) were not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Shortridge v. Foundation Construction […]

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Patent Claims Reading on MPEG Survive Alice Challenge

Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,323,396, 5,777,992, and 5,539,829, directed to audio encoding techniques for the MPEG standard, survived a patent-eligibility challenge under 35 U.S.C. § 101 after the court, favorably comparing the patents’ claims to those in Enfish LLC v. Microsoft Corp., found that the claims were not abstract.  Audio MPEG Inc. v. Dell […]

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Claims to BIOS Security Remain Patent-Ineligible Under Enfish

Claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,892,304 (“System and method for securely utilizing basic input and output system (BIOS) services”) remained patent-ineligible even when reconsidered in the wake of Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp.  The court thus affirmed its prior judgment of patent-invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Kinglite Holdings Inc. V. Micro-Star International Co. Ltd., […]

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Federal Circuit Maintains Unpredictability of the Law of Patent-Eligibility

The Federal Circuit vacated a summary judgment of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101 after disagreeing with a district court that claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 were “directed to a patent-ineligible law of nature–that hepatocytes [liver cells] are capable of surviving multiple freeze-thaw cycles–and that the patented process lacks the requisite inventive concept.”  Rapid […]

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Software Claims to Demand Forecasting and Inventory Management, Predictably, Not Patent-Eligible

The Supreme Court has refused to implement a rule that business methods claims are per se patent-ineligible.  Nonetheless, courts now routinely invalidate business method patent claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101, as exemplified in the recent case of Smart Software, Inc. v. PlanningEdge, LLC, No. 15-13814-PBS (D. Mass. June 17, 2016).  In this case, it […]

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Federal Circuit Upholds Claim Construction Limiting Claim Scope to Disclosed Embodiments

The Federal Circuit recently limited construction of patent claims to a scope supported by intrinsic evidence of embodiments disclosed in a patent specification. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. v. Innovative Wireless Solutions, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9786 (Fed. Cir. May 31, 2016). In a 2-1 decision, the panel upheld the district court’s construction of the asserted claims, […]

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Pump for Monitoring and Controlling Delivery of Fluids to a Patient Held Patent-Eligible

A complaint alleging infringement of two patents directed to monitoring and controlling an infusion pump has survived a motion to dismiss based on an allegation of unpatentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Baxter International, Inc., v. CareFusion Corp., No. 15-ev-09986 (N.D. Ill. May 13, 2016).  The court found, under the Mayo/Alice test, that […]

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