Posts Tagged: software patents


Patent and Trade Secret Wishes for 2016

This year our panel has a diverse variety of wishes. We see the usual wishes relating to patent eligibility and the abstract idea exception, with a reference …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 4

What Mattered in 2015: Insiders Reflect on Biggest Moments in IP

This year our panel of industry insiders is quite diverse, with commentary from Bob Stoll (Drinker Biddle), Ashley Keller (Gerchen Keller), Paul Morinville (US Inventor), Alden Abbot (…
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 8

Protecting IP in an Agile Software Development Environment

Over the last decade, there has been a movement among the software developer community to employ some form of “agile development” rather than the traditional software development …

Amici Ask Federal Circuit to Curb Misapplication of Alice to Specific, Novel, and Concrete Inventions

On December 18, 2015, several amici filed a brief in support of appellants in Netflix, Inc. v. Rovi Corp. et al., No. 15-1917 at the Federal Circuit. The amici …

Programmed computers are switching machines, and not directed to an abstract idea

A computer is a machine, yet there is an ongoing trend to “anthropomorphize” computers. That is: functions that are performed by humans are said to be able …
By Peter Lablans
1 year ago 11

Banks playing patent catch-up with tech companies on digital wallets, payment platforms

Mobile payment schemes and digital wallets have been a major topic of discussion in tech circles this year. In early December, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) became the first …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Best Practices for Drafting Software Patent Applications post-Alice

Don't be afraid to make the technical disclosure long, dense and difficult to read, at least for those without technical training. In my opinion one of the …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 12

Alphabet continues Google innovation in autonomous vehicles, e-commerce solutions

U.S. Patent No. 9180882, which is titled Avoiding Blind Spots of Other Vehicles, covers a method for maneuvering a vehicle protected here involves receiving sensor data collected …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Software Patent Eligibility: Where is the Industry Heading?

''There should be no serious question that computer-implemented inventions such as software constitute patent-eligible subject matter under § 101,'' Paul Clement wrote in a brief filed on behalf …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2

A patent conversation with Mark Cuban

CUBAN: I have invested in more than 150 companies and never has having or not having a patent impacted the final decision. Small businesses can and do become …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 54

Mark Cuban, a software patent troll who hates software patents

While hedging risk is a well known and widely accepted investment tactic, there is something rather bizarre about someone who is such a vocal critic doing exactly …

Mark Cuban: “Get rid of all software patents”

A dim view of software patents does not make Mark Cuban unique, but his latest foray into the patent debate does provide interesting insights into his arbitrary …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 117

It makes no sense for an algorithm to be unpatentable simply because it is implemented in software

KAPPOS: "Back when I was an engineer we saw it in mainframe computers where you’d make an invention and frequently initially the software wasn’t fast …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 50

The Case for Software Patentability, An Interview with David Kappos

KAPPOS: ''Companies like Microsoft and Apple and GE -- all of whom are members [of the Partnership for American Innovation] along with IBM, Ford, DuPont and Pfizer …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 10

PTAB Wonderland: Statistics show Alice PTAB interpretation not favorable to patent applicants

The United States Supreme Court is commonly known to resolve difficult issues of law. Yet, Alice v. CLS Bank[ii], last year’s unanimous Supreme Court decision, …
By Eli Mazour & James Bennin
1 year ago 7