Posts in Patentability


CAFC upholds invalidation of patent application covering patient data management tech under Alice

On Monday, March 13th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision upholding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) finding …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 22

Examining USPTO Business Method Patent Eligibility Examples

On December 15, 2016, the USPTO published three subject matter eligibility examples focusing on business method claims. The purpose of these examples is to give guidance on how claims …
By Kris Rhu & Paul Gurzo
11 days ago 1

Federal Circuit reverses PTAB anticipation holding because not every element present in prior art

The PTAB held that anticipation can be found even when a prior art reference does not disclose each and every claim element as long as one of …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 8

Why a Hall of Fame patent for a content delivery network likely couldn’t survive Alice

There can be little doubt that today the claims of the ‘703 patent would be considered to cover a patent ineligible abstract idea. In other words, had the …
By Gene Quinn
15 days ago 19

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A well-known patent monetization firm jumps back into the brokered patent market in 2016’s fourth quarter. A federal judge in New York allows arguments over whether American …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 0

The coupling of § 101 and § 112, and what it means for patent practitioners

A recent opinion by the Federal Circuit suggests that there will be considerable uncertainty about the respective boundaries of §§ 101 and 112 in the years ahead. In Trading Technologies …

Sections 101 and 112: Eligibility, Patentability, or Somewhere in Between?

Sections 101 and 112 provide their own separate limitations to the scope of patent protection in ways that are sometimes complimentary and sometimes contradictory... Inventors are motivated to maximize …

UK Digital Strategy initiatives in AI, robotics underscore lagging U.S. development caused by patent ineligibility of software

The absurd way in which important players in the U.S. patent system view the patentability of software innovations will undoubtedly harm our country’s chances of …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 0

CAFC sides with L.A. Biomedical Research over Eli Lilly in two IPRs challenging penile fibrosis patent

LAB sued Eli Lilly & Company, alleging marketing of the drug Cialis induced infringement of LAB’s patent. Eli Lilly subsequently requested that the Board conduct inter partes …

Have We Gone Too Far to Eradicate Weak Patents?

Asking whether the industry has gone too far to eradicate weak patents misses the point entirely, and to some extent will allow those who want the patent …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 8

Revolutionary JP Morgan software capable of doing contract review likely patent ineligible in the U.S.

JP Morgan has created revolutionary software capable of doing in seconds the same work that it would take a large team of lawyers 360,000 hours to complete. Clearly, …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 77

N.D. Ga. judge invalidates two patents covering remote race car audio broadcasts under Alice standard

On February 17th, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (N.D. Ga.) granted a motion to dismiss a case …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 18

The PTAB is a thoroughly broken tribunal incapable of being fixed

One Administrative Patent Judge — Judge Meredith Petravick — dissented. Petravick said it was inappropriate for the PTAB to terminate the '304 patent CBM because the parties were different …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 35

Time to patent invalidity decisions on Rocket Docket calls value of PTAB into question

If the Eastern District of Virginia can dispatch patent cases in less time than the PTAB, why should we suffer the indignity of the lack of due …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 8

Doc’s Orders: Analogize to Overcome Patent Eligibility Rejections

Taking a hint from what has worked before can give patent prosecutors an advantage. The question is then how to find such examples for use in forming …
By Andrew Gabriel
1 month ago 2