B2 Intellectual Property Report

The Software IP Report

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The Claims Interpreted Report

“Virtually Free From Interference” Not Indefinite Claim Term

In a precedential and split decision, the Federal Circuit reversed the International Trade Commission and found patent claims reciting the term “virtually free from interference” not indefinite. One-E-Way, Inc., v. I… Read More

Patent-Eligibility Lessons from the PTAB (No. 2)

Want an example of a business method patent claim that survived the Alice patent-eligibility test?  Today’s second installment in our series summarizing Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) patent-eligibility decision… Read More

Digital Advertisement Display Patent Claims Survive Alice

Patent claims directed to displaying digital advertisements have survived a rule 12(b)(6) motion alleging patent-ineligibility under 35 USC § 101 and Alice Corp. Pty Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l., although the court did sta… Read More

A Look at Patent Applications That Survived Alice

Achieving success in overcoming rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test is no different than achieving success in other areas of law – or life – draw lessons from those that have… Read More

Effect of Assigning a Provisional Patent Application?

An assignment of “all inventions and improvements disclosed and described in said provisional application” was effective against later non-provisional applications claiming priority to the provisional application… Read More

Most (Not All) Customer Service Claims are Patent-Ineligible

Two patents directed to customer service centers survived a patent-eligibility challenge under 35 USC § 101, and four did not, in 24/7 Customer Inc. v. LivePerson, Inc., Case No.15-cv-02897-JST (N.D. Cal. May 25, 2017).… Read More

Encryption Patent Claims Pass Alice Test

Patent claims directed to encryption systems and methods, including allowing authorized users to access encrypted data, past patent-eligibility muster under 35 USC § 101, according to a court in the Eastern District of… Read More

PTAB: Patent Claims Not Supported Under 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶1

Providing an example of claimed subject matter lacking written description in a patent specification, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found selected claims of two patents invalid under 35 U.S.C § 112, ¶1, in p… Read More

CAFC Rejects PTAB’s Interpretation of “Lateral, Trans-Psoas Path” in IPR

In In Re: Nuvasive, Inc., the CAFC vacated the PTAB’s Final Decision in an IPR because the PTAB misconstrued the broadest reasonable interpretation of the claim term “lateral, trans-psoas path.” By way of backgroun… Read More

Patent Complaint IDs Software Suite, Passes Iqbal/Twombley

A complaint alleging patent infringement by a suite of four software products met the Iqbal/Twombley standard, said a court in denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss.  Gracenote, Inc. v. Sorenson Media, Inc., Case… Read More