Posts in Patentability


It is time to define the term ‘Abstract Idea’

The industry is collapsing all because no one in a black robe has the guts to define the critical term that is the core of a test …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 28

En Banc Federal Circuit Dodges PTAB Constitutionality

Patlex, which dealt with reexamination of applications by an examiner — not by an Article I tribunal — could be considered a next step beyond McCormick. MCM, however, simply …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 38

Through the Looking Glass: Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Do Not Change the Need for Action on Alice

The few CAFC cases (since Alice) that have found inventions to be subject matter eligible is certainly a welcome development. These cases indicate that the CAFC does …
By Manny Schecter
17 days ago 4

Federal Circuit Clarifies On-Sale Bar Under America Invents Act

In Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held that Helsinn’s pre-AIA patent claims, “were subject …

In precedential decision, Federal Circuit rules patent directed to encoding and decoding image data is not patent-eligible

The Federal Circuit held that the claim was directed to the abstract idea of encoding and decoding image data. According to the panel, the claim recited “a …
By John M. Rogitz
26 days ago 60

CAFC Interprets AIA On-Sale Bar: Invention details need not be public for sale to be invalidating

Earlier today the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a major decision interpreting provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), specifically the AIA …
By Gene Quinn
27 days ago 5

SCOTUS Asked to Resolve Splits in Patent-Eligibility Analysis in Context of Video-On-Demand Technology

On April 13, 2017, Broadband iTV, Inc. (“BBiTV”) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States, requesting that the Court to …

A Software Patent Discussion with Matt Levy

It is probably fair to say that Matt Levy’s views are contrary to mine with respect to many patent related matters, but particularly so with respect …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 64

Is It Really That Obvious? A Tale of Two Decisions

On January 3, 2017 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the court) handed down two decisions relating to obviousness under § 103 – In re: Marcel Van Os, Freddy Allen …
By William Gvoth & Paul Gurzo
2 months ago 3

How to Respond to a § 102 Rejection

Section 102 rejections are very common at the USPTO and you are likely to get one no matter what kind of technologies you work with. Fortunately, they are …
By James Cosgrove
2 months ago 7

Federal Circuit OKs PTAB invalidating patent claims prior litigation confirmed as valid

Patent claims being adjudicated valid in federal district court and then being killed in an administrative proceeding at the PTAB is exactly the problem so many of …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 23

Request for Amicus Support at Federal Circuit in Evolutionary Intelligence v. Sprint Nextel Corp.

Since the Supreme Court’s Alice decision, district courts and the Federal Circuit have been ruling on what they perceive as the “abstractness” of patents—not with …
By Meredith Addy
2 months ago 3

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago 8