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Covered Business Method Patent Found Likely Patent-Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office has arguably held that business method patent claims may be patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In PNC Bank v. Secure Axcess, LLC, Case CBM2014-00100 (PTAB Sept. 9, 2014), the PTAB held that U.S. Patent No. 7,631,191 was eligible for […]

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Already Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Has Brought a Sea-Change in Patent-(In)eligibility

In the four years leading up to Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l., 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court addressed patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in Bilski v. Kappos and Mayo v. Prometheus.  Both decisions clearly cut back on the anything-goes approach to determining patent-eligible subject matter […]

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Another Post-Alice Nail in the Coffin of Business Method Patents

In a case where the patent-owner had no chance following Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l., 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court’s pre-Alice holding that patent claims directed to “providing a guaranty service for online transactions” are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Buysafe, Inc. […]

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The Alice Effect: Recent Patent-Eligibility Cases in the District Courts

As this blog and others have noted, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reacted quickly to change examination procedures in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l.  Moreover, as two recent district court cases suggest, Alice’s impact is being felt in ongoing patent litigation.  In […]

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Claims Directed to a Data Structure Are Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit

In its first patent-eligibility case since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l., the Federal Circuit has held that claims directed to a data structure are not patent-eligible, affirming the district court’s summary judgment of invalidity.  Digitech Image Techs., LLC v. Elecs. for Imaging, Inc. (Fed. Cir. July 11, 2014).  […]

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New Patent Prosecution Standard? USPTO Provides Preliminary Post-Alice Corp. Guidelines for Evaluating Patent-Eligibility

In the wake of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued “preliminary instructions effective today to the Patent Examining Corps relating to subject matter eligibility of claims involving abstract ideas, particularly computer-implemented abstract ideas, under 35 U.S.c. § 101.”  At the same time, the USPTO is clearly struggling […]

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Patent Practice Lessons from Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

No one expected the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that claims directed to “financial matters and risk management” were patent-eligible in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l., No. 13-298 (June 19, 2014).  Indeed, the Court did not so hold.  Now that we have the Court’s decision, if you scroll down you will see that I […]

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No Need to Ask Alice: Districts Continue to Invalidate Patent Claims Based on Ineligible Subject Matter

The patent community is awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. This decision may or may not clarify standards for determining patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Meanwhile, district courts continue to consider, and generally agree with, defendants’ arguments that software patents do not recite patentable subject […]

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A Rare Case? Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Granted Based on Unpatentable Subject Matter

Patent claims directed to “the offer and sale of items to players in the course of gaming” recited an “unpatentable abstract idea,” held the court in Gametek LLC v. Zynga, Inc., No. CV 13-2546 RS (N.D. Cal. April 25, 2014).  This holding came in response to defendants’ motions under FRCP 12 for judgment on the […]

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Claims Directed to Encoding Digital Data Held to Be Patent-Eligible

A summary judgment motion alleging that claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,446,747 do not recite patent-eligible subject matter has been denied in France Telecom S.A. v. Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., No. 12-cv-04967-WHO (ND Cal. April 14, 2014).  The claims at issue were directed to coding and decoding digital data. In resolving § 101 issues following the […]

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