Posts Tagged: Patentability


Vanda v. West-Ward: This Time, Dosage Adjustment Claims are Patent Eligible Subject Matter

The Federal Circuit’s decision in Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, No. 2016-2707, addresses the complicated topic of patent eligibility in the pharmaceutical space. Much of …
By Stephanie Sivinski
5 days ago 16

Director Iancu worries current state of Section 101 ‘weakens the robustness of our IP system’

Director Iancu: "But for our purposes what I know for a fact is that in order to incentivize American innovation whether it’s artificial intelligence, DNA processing, …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 32

Patent Subject Matter Eligibility 101

The patents discussed below are all landmark inventions and were conceived by inventors inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). Would these ground-breaking inventions, that …
By Manny Schecter
13 days ago 31

Federal Circuit rules Alice did not alter the law governing 101

How the Federal Circuit could rule that Alice did not change the law governing § 101 is a bit of a mystery. Applying the same two-step test seems a …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 69

USPTO memo explains changed Alice Step 2B to examiners

Yesterday the USPTO issued subject matter eligibility guidance to its examining corps in a memorandum that changes how examiners approach their Alice Step 2B analysis. Specifically, the …
By John M. Rogitz
1 month ago 3

The CAFC Split Non-precedential Decision in Exergen v. Kaz Raises Interesting Issues About Eligibility Determinations

In Exergen Corporation v. Kaz USA, No. 16-2315 (March 8, 2018), the Federal Circuit, in a split non-precedential opinion, affirmed a holding that Exergen’s claims directed to methods …

Federal Circuit Opens the Door to Extrinsic Evidence in Support of Patent Eligibility

A casual observer may read the Aatrix dissent, or cases cited therein, to say it is improper to consider extrinsic evidence.  In particular, the dissent quotes Secured …
By James Carmichael
2 months ago 3

Federal Circuit Decisions Breathe New Life Into Alice Responses by Patent Prosecutors

While most commentary to date has focused on the implications for litigation, two recent Federal Circuit decisions have promising implications for patent prosecutors struggling to overcome conclusory …

Law Professors Urge CAFC to Uphold Cleveland Clinic Diagnostic Method Patents

A group of six patent law professors filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Cleveland Clinic v. True Health Diagnostics. …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Breaking Through on Patent Eligibility, From Drafting to Litigation

Over the last five weeks there has been a seismic shift in the way the Federal Circuit views the resolution of patent eligibility issues during patent infringement …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

China Outpaces U.S. in AI Startup Funding, Aims for AI Dominance

In 2017, 48 percent of the world’s entire equity funding for AI startups was located in China. The U.S. was in second-place, lagging behind at 38 percent of …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

PTAB is Bogged Down by Eligibility Appeals

The low allowance rates and nearly blanket eligibility-rejection issuance in the business-method art units is not without consequence. Beyond disincentivizing innovation, the examination of business-method applications is …
By Samuel Hayim & Kate Gaudry
3 months ago 17

Does an Uncertain Patentability Climate Explain the Stormy Environment for IPOs?

If Snap cannot protect its ability to differentiate its platform, how is it going to compete with a rival that has more resources and a larger base …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

How Patent Owners Can Disqualify Prior Art References Relied Upon by Petitioner for Unpatentability

To request cancellation of one or more claims of a patent in an inter partes review (IPR), a petitioner must challenge the claim on the basis that …
By Joshua Javitz
3 months ago 10

Factual Allegations on Inventive Concept Preclude Dismissal of Complaint Under § 101

In Atrix Software v. Green Shades Software, Aatrix sued Green Shades for infringement, and Green Shades moved to dismiss. The district court granted the motion, holding: (1) claim 1 …