Posts in Patentability


District Court Broadens Scope of Patent Ineligibility Under § 101 for a Treatment Method

The '156 patent discloses methods of treating and/or preventing metabolic diseases, particularly diabetes, in patients for whom metformin therapy is inappropriate due to intolerability or contraindication …

CAFC finds graphical user interface patent claims eligible, CBM decision still pending

The Federal Circuit has found claims to a graphical user interface (GUI) patent to be patent eligible. See Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. CQG, Inc. The decision …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 18

CAFC: When Relying Common Sense There Must be Explicit and Clear Reasoning

The Board’s determination was “potentially lawful but insufficiently or inappropriately explained.” The finding of obviousness was vacated and the case was remanded for further proceedings... Obviousness …

A Pre-Appeal Brief Conference is a Winning Strategy, Even if it Probably Won’t Lead to Allowance

After several articles and webinars discussing appeals outcomes at the USPTO, we have received numerous requests for Pre-Appeal Brief Conference data to explain how advantageous the program …

PTAB declares MRI machine an abstract idea, patent ineligible under Alice

In what can be described only as an utterly ridiculous, intellectually insulting, and idiotic decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 160

The quest for patent quality: European inventive step and US obviousness

In Europe and the US, patentability depends on a showing of inventiveness that is based on similar legal requirements but practice differs substantially and the resulting patent …
By Brian Cronin
1 month ago 9

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago 54

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago 13

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago 8