Posts in Software


EPO ready for the first Unitary Patent as soon as the ratification requirements are met

One of the great aspects of the Unitary Patent is that it follows the normal EPO procedure up to grant. And indeed, the search and the examination …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 0

How to Participate in Open Source While Maintaining IP Integrity

The key idea is to think strategically about the software, the value it can provide to the company, and whether the technology should be developed in-house. In …
By Gideon Myles
7 days ago 1

Exclusive with Grant Philpott: Patenting Computer Implemented Inventions in Europe

We try to be precise and stick to CII because “software” in itself is a term which lacks precision. It can refer to a high level program, …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 1

The Bitcoin Network, Blockchain Technology and Altcoin Futures

In 2008, as the financial markets crumbled in the largest economic crisis the world has seen since the 1930s, Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper describing his Bitcoin …

Federal Circuit says computer memory system claims patent eligible, not abstract

The majority determined that the patent claims drawn to a computer memory system did not cover an abstract idea and, therefore, the second step of the Alice …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 45

Judge Michel tells Congress it isn’t helpful to talk about quality, patents are either valid or invalid

“I think at the end of the day, patents are either valid or invalid as a legal instrument and therefore it’s not very helpful to talk …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 6

Why are these people giving testimony to Congress on patent reform?

Why does Mapbox’s viewpoint on patent litigation echo in the halls of Congress given the fact that it doesn’t appear that it has faced abusive …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 15

Global IP Trends Indicator underscores increasing globalization in patent filing strategies

Among the key findings of the report include the more than 73 percent of respondents filed patents in four or more countries during last year. That was up …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Warner Bros. settles $80M copyright suit brought by Tolkien estate over LOTR online video and casino gambling games

On July 5th a federal judge entered an order granting the dismissal of a copyright case, which had been filed by the estate of famed English fantasy …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

State Farm, Allstate and Hyatt among companies targeted by patent owner alleging infringement of online piracy prevention tech

Venadium LLC filed a series of five patent infringement suits against well-known entities in the insurance, hotel accommodation and industrial supply space. The suits, which have been …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 2

Lefstin, Mossoff critique SCOTUS’ sense of history and negative impacts on today’s patent system

“The Supreme Court has told us, and told itself, a particular story -- a story based in history to justify its current regime,” Lefstin said near the …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 8

BMW, Volvo, Juniper Networks among first to cite TC Heartland in motions to dismiss

On Tuesday, May 30th, online legal news outlet Law360 reported that a trio of major automakers filed a motion asking a federal judge in the U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 1

TiVo stock pops 17 percent in trading after ITC judge issues Section 337 final initial determination against Comcast

An ITC administrative law judge issued a final initial determination finding Section 337 patent infringement violations committed by various entities, including Philadelphia-based telecom firm Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Alice Who? Over Half the U.S. Utility Patents Issued Annually are Software Related!

I have always argued that software patent eligibility is a must in a country where patent rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. That is, all fields of …
By Raymond Millien
4 months ago 13

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
4 months ago 28