Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Federal Circuit Says No to PTAB’s IPR Joinder Approach

In a highly anticipated Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision, the Federal Circuit ruled that the PTAB erred in allowing Facebook to join itself to a PTAB proceeding in which it was already a party. This decision focused… Read More

“Protocol Module” Deemed Indefinite for Lack of Structure

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently handed down a claim construction order in Microchip Technology Incorporated v. Nuvoton Technology that held the claim limitation “protocol module” was indefin… Read More

Written Decision Needed For IPR Estoppel

In Finjan, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Case No. 17-cv-00072-BLF (N. D. Cal. Feb. 3, 2020) the Northern District of California denied Plaintiff Finjan’s motion for summary judgement of validity of a number of claims of various pa… Read More

Determining a Discount to Encourage Participation in an Electronic Trading System is Ineligible

The District of Delaware held that patent claims for multiple patents directed to “electronic trading and settlement systems” are abstract ideas, and “[e]ncouraging participation in a system in which all parties need to util… Read More

Claim Term “Important” Leads to Indefiniteness

The Eastern District of Texas recently invalidated several patent claims that the court had found indefinite in a separate claim construction ruling in the case Uniloc 2017 v. Samsung. Interestingly, the court found the claim term… Read More

Conventional Component For Accepting Credit Card Payment In Taxicab is Ineligible: Curb Mobility, LLC v. Kaptyn, Inc.

A court held that patent claims directed to “the longstanding commercial practice of paying for public transit” are abstract ideas, and “the mere assemblage of admittedly known components” does not provide an inventive con… Read More

Insufficient Written Description in Provisional Application Triggers On-Sale Bar of Subsequent Patent

A provisional patent application must include sufficient description to allow a person having ordinary skill in the art to make an invention as claimed in an asserted patent claiming priority to the provisional application, as rec… Read More

Patent-Eligibility Legislative Reform Is Not Coming Soon

In an interview published by the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association, Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) addressed the question many have asked: is Congress going to fix the § 101 patent-eligibility mess? The answer? Not any ti… Read More

Patent Claims to Evaluating Body Movement Fail § 101 on Post-Trial Motion: ILife Technologies, Inc. V. Nintendo Of America, Inc.

Patent claims directed to automating collection and interpretation of sensor data are often suspect under the two-part  Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Not so often, however, do judges do as the court… Read More

Emergency Alert System Is Not Patent-Eligible: Tenaha Licensing LLC v. TigerConnect, Inc.

Patent claims directed to “alert and notification” are ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the two-part Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test, said a Delaware magistrate judge, recommending  granting a Rule 12(b)(6) motion t… Read More