U.S. Congressional leaders Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Hank Johnson … [Read more...] about Congressional Leaders Release a Bipartisan, Bicameral Draft Bill on Patent Eligible Subject Matter, Section 101 of the Patent Act.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a trial court decision finding that the computer software patent was patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. sec. 101 and affirmed the District Court’s decision. Trading Technologies Int’l Inc. v. CQG, Inc., Case No. … [Read more...] about Fed. Cir. Upholds Commodity Pricing Computer Program Patent as Being Patent Eligible Subject Matter
In the continuing search by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) for what is and what is not patentable eligible computer program subject matter, the Appeals Court affirmed a District Court’s order dismissing plaintiff Internet Patents’ patent … [Read more...] about The Search for Inventive Concept: Computer Program Ineligible as a Patent – Internet Patents Corp. v Active Networks Inc.
In a lengthy decision covering historical computer copyright case law, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on the copyright dispute over the Android smart phone operating system in Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc., Fed. Cir. Case No. 2013-1021 (May 9, 2014) … [Read more...] about Copyrightability and Fair Use of the Google Android Operating System – Oracle v Google
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the Federal Circuit), in a highly fractured en banc decision, throws doubt on the validity of many computer software patents in its recent decision, CLS Ba by nk International v. Alice Corporation, Case No. 2011-1301 (Fed. Cir. May … [Read more...] about Fractured Patent Appeals Court Casts Shadow Over Computer Software Patents
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has invalidated computer method patent claims, computer system claims and computer readable medium claims for a life insurance product. Bancorp Services, LLC v. SunLife Assurance Co. of Canada (U.S.), Case No. 2011-1467 (Fed Cir. July 26, … [Read more...] about Computer Patent Claims for Life Insurance Product Declared Invalid – Not Patentable Subject Matter
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has held that Alice’s patents that cover a computerized trading platform for exchanging obligations wherein a trusted third party settles obligations between a first and second party so as to eliminate "settlement risk," define patentable … [Read more...] about Computer Trading Platform with Trusted Third Party is Valid Patentable Subject
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ("Federal Circuit") reversed the trial court’s decision that the process - a computer method claim - was not statutory subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Ultramercial, LLC v. Hulu, LLC, Case No. 2010-1544 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 15, 2011) … [Read more...] about 11 Step Computer Method Patent Defines Patent Eligible Subject Matter
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which hears all patent appeals from the U.S. District Courts (the trial courts) recently ruled on whether Research Corporation Technologies’ (“RCT”) patented method of digital halftoning was patentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101 or whether … [Read more...] about Computer Programs Which are Functional and Palpable Applications of Technology Are not Non-Patentable Abstract Ideas
Interim USPTO Examination Instructions For Evaluating Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. 101 in Light of the Supreme Court Bilski Decision.The Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in August 2007 released examination instructions (“Guidelines”) (available here) for … [Read more...] about Interim USPTO Examination Instructions For Business Method Patents