Robert Sachs

Robert Sachs

Robert Sachs is president at Robert R. Sachs PC. He is frequent commentator and speaker on patent eligibility. He started his own firm in 2017, leaving Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco after 27 years of doing software patent prosecution and strategy for Silicon Valley clients. He is Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association Section 101 Task Force and was one of the principle authors of the IPO’s proposed Section 101 legislation.


Posts by Robert Sachs


Alice: Benevolent Despot or Tyrant? Analyzing Five Years of Case Law Since Alice v. CLS Bank: Part II

In Part I of this analysis, I discussed litigation trends before and after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp Pty Ltd v. CLS Bank Int’…
By Robert Sachs
20 days ago 2

Alice: Benevolent Despot or Tyrant? Analyzing Five Years of Case Law Since Alice v. CLS Bank: Part I

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court remade the law of patent eligibility in Alice Corp Pty Ltd v. CLS Bank Int’l. As we …
By Robert Sachs
25 days ago 15

Alice on Software Patents: Preemption and Abstract Ideas

EDITORIAL NOTE: This article is a continuation of Alice, the Illusory Death of Software Patents. We can return to the beginning of the analysis and revisit preemption. …
By Robert Sachs
5 years ago 7

Alice, the Illusory Death of Software Patents

With apologies to the great humorist, the report of the death of software patents is an exaggeration. The Court set forth a two-step test grounded in Bilski …
By Robert Sachs
5 years ago 33

Alice at Court: Stepping Through the Looking Glass – Part II

There is a further gulf between those who view In re Alappat as sound logic and engineering (ABL, AIPLA, Alice, Mr. Ronald Benrey, BSA, CCIA, Mr. Dale …
By Robert Sachs
5 years ago 2

Alice at Court: Stepping Through the Looking Glass of the Merits Briefs in Alice v. CLS Bank – Part I

The fractured views of the world begin with the question presented, and reflect how different parties frame the debate in very different terms. Alice’s merits brief …
By Robert Sachs
5 years ago 6