Posts Tagged: Business Methods


If You Want to Protect Your Business Method, Reframe It as a Technical Invention

The most effective way to protect an inventive business method is with a patent on a technical invention. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice …
By Mark Nowotarski
20 days ago 9

Update on 101 Rejections at the USPTO: Prospects for Computer-Related Applications Continue to Improve Post-Guidance

The Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank made it significantly more difficult to obtain patents for some computer-related technologies. it is, at best, questionable …
By Kate Gaudry & Samuel Hayim
1 month ago 6

Antitrust Laws Are Not Enough to Kill Big Tech Monopolies

The United States is looking to antitrust law to break up big tech. Later today, for example, the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law will …
By Paul Morinville
2 months ago 16

Forging Ahead After Losing an Alice Appeal

It’s tough to fight on after losing an Alice appeal, but that’s just what most applicants are doing. An “Alice appeal” is an appeal of …
By Mark Nowotarski
3 months ago 6

SCOTUS Ruling in Return Mail Delivers Blow to Government Use of IPRs

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service in which the 6-3 majority held that the …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 6

Business Method Patents Recover Under USPTO Guidance

Business method patents have recovered under the new 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance. As the graph above shows, allowances per office action (APOA) dropped from 17% before …
By Mark Nowotarski
4 months ago 6

Recent Cases Show Federal Circuit Is Concerned About ‘Over Abstracting’ Rejections of Method/ Process Patents

In one of its latest opinions attempting to parse precedent on the subject matter eligibility of software, method of use, and business method patents that arguably involve …
By Dr. Dariush Adli
6 months ago 1

AI Patents Make a Comeback at USPTO, Finance Patents Are Still Struggling

Artificial Intelligence (AI) patents have made a strong comeback under the new 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance. As the first graph above shows, allowances per office …
By Mark Nowotarski
6 months ago 17

Bioinformatics Innovations Thrive Despite 101 Chaos

Bioinformatics is a growing interdisciplinary technological field in which computing and software resources are applied to biological data and solve biological problems. For example, bioinformatics can be …
By Kate Gaudry & Samuel Hayim
8 months ago 3

Eligibility Rejections are Appearing in Greater Frequency Across all Computer Related Technology Centers

Four years after the Alice decision, we seem to just now be detecting the full impact of the decision. The initial response by the USPTO resulted in …
By Samuel Hayim & Kate Gaudry
1 year ago 13

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
2 years ago 17

Is there a Tide-Change in the Prospects of Patenting Business Method Innovations?

In the years after the Alice decision, it had seemed as though examiners in the business method art units felt as though their hands were tied with …
By Kate Gaudry
2 years ago 8

§ 101 Rejections in the Post-Alice Era

The § 101 rejection rate for patent applications in the e-commerce work groups approaches 100%, then drops precipitously for the remaining seven of the top ten work groups with the …
By James Cosgrove
3 years ago 3

China relaxing barriers to software, business method patents with revised patent guidelines

Guidelines, set to go into effect on April 1st in China, continue to leave the window open for software and business method patents. For software patents, patent …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 5

The Anatomy of a Bogus Alice Rejection

First, this type of circular "logic" is at the heart of virtually all Alice rejections. Here the examiner concludes there is nothing significantly more than the judicial …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 15