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Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office released the promised patent eligible subject matter examples which together with the recently released guidance will give applicants patent prosecutors and patent examiners more information about how the USPTO interprets…

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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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Truthfully the Supreme Court decision in Alice can only be described as an intellectually bankrupt The Supreme Court never once used the word software in its decision The failure to mention software a single time is breathtaking given that…

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These cases are very important though because they give us the best glimpse yet into understanding the disclosure requirements for software patents that utilize means-plus-function claim language Understanding this particular aspect of patent drafting may be crucial moving forward…

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Despite the improvements that could reopen the door for important patents in important fields the Guidelines seem far from perfect But how could they be given that they seek to harmonize the mushy judicial activism underlying Section in the…

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Earlier this year the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Alice Corp v CLS Bank Int l which applied the Mayo -part test to computer-implemented subject matter The -part test asks whether the claims at issue are directed to…

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The judge made exception to for laws of nature natural phenomena and abstract ideas exists because a patent on these would impede innovation more than promote it contrary to the primary objective of patent law As the Supreme Court…

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The USPTO guidance which in large part is reminiscent of the KSR Guidelines put out by the Office in goes through cases one by one The USPTO explains the facts provides representative claims and then explains the holding in…

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The problem with this analytical approach lies not in the two-step Mayo algorithm but rather in framing the analysis in terms of subject matter eligibility under Section rather than patentability under Section is intended to deal with the eligibility…

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Of particular interest the Federal Circuit found that the patent constituted patent eligible subject matter was not invalid and was infringed This is big news because in the wake of the Supreme Court s decision in Alice v CLS…

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KNOWLES We are seeing a strong anti-innovation sentiment in the U S not just on the issue of obviousness but also on patent eligibility We re seeing a rewriting of patent law through judicial decisions which have draconian effect…

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The influence of the thinking behind Freeman-Walter-Abele can also be seen in the Supreme Court s decision in Alice Thanks to Alice the focus is now on whether the claims cover an abstract idea or concept and in order…

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