Posts in Patentability


A Patent Year in Review: Looking back on 2016, Forecasting for 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016 and to look ahead toward 2017. …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 1

The Supreme Court’s Section 101 Jurisprudence: Dangers for the Innovation Economy

To shed light on this issue, and on possible solutions, Inventing America and IPWatchdog will host a conference on Section 101, with remarks by U.S. Senator Chris …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 0

Software Patents Will Survive: How Section 101 Law Is Settling Down

I think the reality is that software patents in some form are here to stay for the foreseeable future; it is also true that things that used …
By Matt Levy
9 days ago 49

Light on analysis, heavy on conclusion, no claim construction, CAFC rules claims ineligible

How patent claims can be invalidated without a proper and thorough claim construction is baffling. It flies in the face of everything patent law stands for and …
By Gene Quinn
11 days ago 78

A Guide to Software Patent Eligibility at the Federal Circuit

The Alice/Mayo framework is the decisional approach adopted by the United States Supreme Court for determining whether a patent claim exhibits, such as software patent claims, …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 13

How to Patent Software in a Post Alice Era

In a nutshell, if you are going to write a patent application in such a way that at the end of the it the reader is left …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 11

More Humans Have Walked on the Moon than have Won Eligibility Cases Before the CAFC

In reaching its decision, the CAFC ignored the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Diamond v. Diehr, 450 U.S. 175 (1981). The claims in dispute are unlike the …
By Malcolm E. Whittaker
1 month ago 20

USPTO issues new memorandum on software eligibility in light of McRo, BASCOM

Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a new memorandum to patent examiners on recent software patent eligibility decisions from the Federal Circuit. The …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 11

Federal Circuit holds software claims to be patent-eligible because they recite a technological solution to a technological problem

Amdocs (Israel), Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1180, is a precedential case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that reverses …
By John M. Rogitz
1 month ago 8

FREE WEBINAR: Drafting Patent Applications to Overcome Alice

Join us on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 2pm ET for a discussion on drafting patent applications to overcome Alice, with JiNan Glasgow of Neopatents and Gene Quinn of …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 2

Claims broad enough to encompass mental processes are unpatentable abstract ideas

The Court reasoned that the claims were limited to straightforward steps that a skilled artisan could perform mentally and that the inventors admitted to doing so. The …

En Banc Federal Circuit finds substantial evidence to support jury verdict in Apple v. Samsung

The Court found substantial evidence to support the jury’s finding of infringement. While Samsung’s expert offered conflicting testimony, a reasonable jury could have credited Apple’…

50 Years of Controversy Rages On: A Closer Look at Computer-Implemented Inventions

This article reviews the 50 years of controversy on software patents. Because there continues to be a cloud over computer-implemented inventions, the article makes the argument, through indisputable …
By Martin Goetz
2 months ago 26

Federal Circuit Clarifies ‘Inventive Concept’ as Applied to Computers

This case concerned the subject matter eligibility of patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101, for a computer-related invention. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that …

It is time for Judge Mayer to Step Down from the Federal Circuit

Simply stated, the industry and the public deserve better than Judge Mayer. His anti-patent views so cloud his judgment that he twists, exaggerates and misrepresents in order …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 113