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Drew Hirshfeld Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy went over the highlights of the USPTO interim guidance explaining first we were able to narrow the funnel that we use to determine which claims should be analyzed for subject matter…

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Software and method patents may appear to have fallen out of favor because of recent court decisions and legislation However recent trends indicate that they comprise surprisingly high portions of four US companies recent grants Of the US patents…

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Since the Alice Corp decision rejections under U S C have become substantially more common in business-method art units and notices of allowance have become substantially more rare in these art units Meanwhile rejections made even pre-Alice were amongst…

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It seems undeniable that Alice missed many opportunities to score easy points Indirect arguments were made by Alice that didn't seem very persuasive Indeed if one is to predict the outcome of the case based on oral arguments alone…

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Our featured patent application today discusses the operation of an automatic teller machine or ATM that includes a universal serial bus USB port This USB port would enable the ATM to connect to external security devices such as a…

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Settling nuisance value perpetuates the cycle as the automobile industry discovered in the s and early s Show a willingness to pay extortion-like demands and you will see more lawsuits filed It is an endless cycle at least until…

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This all means that the business method Art Units are not the only ones charged with examining applications covering computer-implemented methods In fact there are Art Units where from a patentee perspective you would really rather be assigned because…

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It is arguable that neither view is beyond criticism and that any emergent legal test as to patent-eligibility demands further development There is much to commend the majority view that each of and serves a different purpose and presents…

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For at least the past years the legal technical and academic communities have been debating the patentability of business methods and software Despite much negative press ink talk legislative activity and court opinions the answer with respect to patent…

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The EPO applies what might be referred to as a subtraction test for claims containing a mixture of patent-eligible and patent-ineligible features those features that are patent-ineligible being disregarded and novelty and obviousness under aa and EPC being evaluated…

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In holding the method system and media claims of the and patents to cover no more than abstract ideas and therefore do no recite patent-eligible subject matter Judge Lourie s opinion trivializes the relevance of computer implementation in these…

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These polar opposite decisions in CyberSource and Ultramercial illustrate how fractured the Federal Circuit s patent-eligibility landscape has now become for business methods and systems The most recent split decision in CLS Bank International v Alice Corp Pty Ltd…

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