Archive | Patentable Subject Matter

Patent-Eligibility Not Saved by Claiming Functionality Via a Device

In another sign that broad patent claims to software functionality cannot survive Alice’s patent-eligibility test, patent claims directed to automating a sequence of events on the Internet were held invalid under 35 USC § 101 in Content Aggregation Solutions, LLC v. Sharp Corp.,  Nos. 3:16-cv-00527, -00528, -00529, -00530, -00531, -00533-BEN-KSC (S.D. Cal. Nov. 29, 2016).  […]

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Post-Solution Activity in Menu Generation Patent Claims Does Not Overcome Alice

In holding all claims of patents directed to generating electronic menus patent-ineligible under 35 USC § 101, a Federal Circuit panel handed Covered Business Method Review petitioners an even bigger win than they had gotten from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Apple, Inc. v. Amaranth, Inc., Nos. 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 29, […]

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“Covered Business Method” Is Not Anything Under the Sun, Says Federal Circuit

Claims directed to “managing distribution of location information generated for wireless communications devices,” do not recited a “covered business method” within the meaning of the America Invents Act, said the Federal Circuit in Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google, Inc., No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2016).  The court thus remanded the case to the Patent […]

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Automated Migration of Computer Settings Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit

In a non-precedential decision that appears to have been fairly easily reached, a Federal Circuit panel affirmed a district court’s summary judgment of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for patent claims directed to migrating computer configuration settings.  Tranxition, Inc. v. Lenovo (United States) Inc., Nos. 20151907, 20151941, 20151958 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 16, 2016) (opinion […]

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New Day, Different Alice Ruling: Youtoo v. Twitter and F5 v. Radware

In two recent § 101 orders on motions to dismiss, two district courts demonstrated how inconsistent patent-eligibility jurisprudence remains. The courts faced claims of similar complexity, similar subject matter, and similar reliance on software; sat in the same procedural posture; used the same number of pages of analysis (five); and reached opposite conclusions. Youtoo Technologies […]

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When Can Patent-Eligibility Be Decided on the Pleadings?

Defendants often urge courts to conclude that claim construction is not a prerequisite for deciding patent-eligibility on a defendant’s Rule 12 motion to dismiss. Here is a case in which a magistrate judge reached this conclusion but nonetheless recommended denying the defendants’ motion (without prejudice).  Kaavo, Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc., Nos. 15-638-LPS-CJB, 15-640-LPS-CJB (D. Del. […]

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Split Fed. Cir. Panel Bases Patent-Eligibility of Network Management Claims on Claim Construction

Co-authored by Mark St. Amour. How much does claim construction matter when determining patent-eligibility under 35 USC § 101? In Amdocs Ltd. V. Openet Telecom, Inc., (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2016) a split Federal Circuit panel reversed a district court decision holding claims of four patents invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as directed to […]

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Reconsidered After Recent Fed. Cir. Case, Vehicle Tracking/Monitoring Claims Mostly Patent-Eligible

After the Federal Circuit’s August 1, 2016, decision in Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A., a defendant sought reconsideration of a Rule 12 motion to dismiss based on alleged patent-ineligibility of claims directed to “machine-to-machine communication platforms designed for tracking and monitoring the location and status of widely dispersed fleet vehicles and related mobile assets.” […]

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Claims Reciting Mental Steps Are Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit

In an opinion authored by Judge Chen (joined by Judges Lourie and Moore), the Federal Circuit held claims of three patents to be patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because “they are directed to the abstract idea of translating a functional description of a logic circuit into a hardware component description of the logic circuit.”  […]

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