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Federal Circuit Demonstrates There Are Easy Cases under the Alice/Mayo Patent-Eligibility Test

The Federal Circuit has held patent-ineligible claims drawn to “the abstract idea of testing operators of any kind of moving equipment for any kind of physical or mental impairment.” Vehicle Intelligence and Safety LLC v. Merc… Read More

Some Cases Are Easy Under Alice

For all the uncertainty engendered by Mayo v. Prometheus and Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and their lower court progeny, many patent claims on their face simply will not be found patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 after Alice and M… Read More

Claims to a New Method of Playing Blackjack Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit

The Federal Circuit has affirmed the USPTO’s rejection of an applicant’s claims that it concluded “cover only the abstract idea of rules for playing a wagering game and use conventional steps of shuffling and dea… Read More

CAFC Easily Invalidates Mobile Device Search Patent under Alice: British Telecommunications PLC v. IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Patent claims directed to presenting a user with a “short list” of  “information sources” for selection based on a user location are patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the  Alice/Mayo test. British Telecommuni… Read More

Videoconferencing Services Switch System Claim is Patent-Eligible

The Eastern District of Texas recently denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss based on lack of patent-eligible subject matter, under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice/Mayo test, in claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,154,734; 9,253,444;… Read More

CAFC Affirms Rejections of Computer Product-by-Process Claim

The Federal’s circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in turn affirming a patent examiner’s rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for lack of patent-eligibility, and under 35 U.S.C. § 112 for lack of… Read More

Menu Claims Patent-Ineligible Under Apple, Core Wireless

Claims directed to an “information management and real time synchronous communications system for configuring and transmitting hospitality menus” were held patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice abstract idea… Read More

Are the Fed. Circuit’s Rule 36 Judgments Always a Bad Thing?

The Federal Circuit has been widely criticized for the practice, under its Rule 36, of affirming lower court and USPTO PTAB decisions without any opinion.  This post highlights two recent Rule 36 affirmances of holdings of patent… Read More

Fed. Cir. Holds Real Estate Mapping Claims Patent-Ineligible

If you want an example of the kind of patent-eligibility question that is now easy to resolve under the Alice abstract idea test, look to the Federal Circuit’s non-precedential decision in Move, Inc. v. Real Estate Alliance, No.… Read More

Patent Claims to Selecting Ads for Display Denied Covered Business Method Review

The USPTO’s Patent and Trial Appeal Board has declined to institute a Covered Business Method review of two patents with claims to “directing electronic advertisements” based on user profile attributes with the goal of maxim… Read More