Posts in Patent Eligibility


Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments on St. Regis Appeal of Tribal Sovereign Immunity

On Monday, June 4th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, a case appealed from …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 3

Rethinking Article III Standing in IPR Appeals at the Federal Circuit

In 2011, as part of the American Invents Act (“AIA”), Congress significantly restructured the way in which previously issued patents could be challenged.   In some cases, existing post-issuance …

Iancu: People have a right to know what is patent eligible

While the subject matter of the speech was similar, this speech by Director Iancu was different. It was much more direct and forceful than any of his …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 40

Patent Office asks Federal Circuit to Allow Board to Reconsider Eligibility Rejections

Yesterday I wrote about the United States Patent and Trademark Office filing a Director’s Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Remand in In re Intelligent Medical Objects, …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 10

USPTO asks Federal Circuit to Vacate, Remand 101 Case to Board in Light of Berkheimer

Yesterday the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filed a Director's Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Remand in In re Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. After the …
By Gene Quinn
11 days ago 8

Mayo/Alice ‘Directed to’ Inquiry and a Split Federal Circuit: Vanda Pharma v. West-Ward Pharma

In Vanda, Chief Judge Prost, one of the judges on the CellzDirect panel, dissented from the majority’s decision that found claims patent eligible for not being …

Federal Circuit: No matter how much the advance the claims recite, they are patent ineligible

This case and the passage above merely confirms what we have long known to be true. The magnitude of the innovation does not matter. Whether there is …
By Gene Quinn
18 days ago 34

Eligibility Rejections are Appearing in Greater Frequency Across all Computer Related Technology Centers

Four years after the Alice decision, we seem to just now be detecting the full impact of the decision. The initial response by the USPTO resulted in …
By Samuel Hayim & Kate Gaudry
24 days ago 13

Iancu: ‘It is unclear what is patentable and what is not, and that can depress innovation’

Earlier today USPTO Director Andrei Iancu testified at an Oversight Hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. In addition to detailing forthcoming changes to post grant proceedings, Director …
By Gene Quinn
26 days ago 28

Vanda v. West-Ward: This Time, Dosage Adjustment Claims are Patent Eligible Subject Matter

The Federal Circuit’s decision in Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, No. 2016-2707, addresses the complicated topic of patent eligibility in the pharmaceutical space. Much of …
By Stephanie Sivinski
1 month ago 18

Director Iancu worries current state of Section 101 ‘weakens the robustness of our IP system’

Director Iancu: "But for our purposes what I know for a fact is that in order to incentivize American innovation whether it’s artificial intelligence, DNA processing, …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 32

WesternGeco’s Time-Bar Argument Fails to Save its Invalidated Patents

On appeal, WesternGeco argued 1) the Board erred as to its unpatentability determinations; and 2) the IPR proceedings were time-barred under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) because ION acted in …

Patent Subject Matter Eligibility 101

The patents discussed below are all landmark inventions and were conceived by inventors inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). Would these ground-breaking inventions, that …
By Manny Schecter
1 month ago 31

USPTO memo explains changed Alice Step 2B to examiners

Yesterday the USPTO issued subject matter eligibility guidance to its examining corps in a memorandum that changes how examiners approach their Alice Step 2B analysis. Specifically, the …
By John M. Rogitz
2 months ago 3

USPTO issues 101 guidance limiting examiner ability to merely conclude elements are well-known, convention or routine

The Notice is significant because in a 101 rejection, an examiner cannot simply assume that elements or a combination are "well understood, routine or conventional." Examiners will be …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 22