Data Processing Claims Held Patent-Ineligible: Personal Web Technologies LLC v. Google LLC

In a precedential decision, the Federal Circuit has held patent-ineligible, under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice/Mayo test, claims of three patents directed to “data-processing systems that assign each data item a substantially… Read More

Lessons of Yu v. Apple: The Law of § 101 Patent-Eligibility Is Chaos

Here is a case that both demonstrates the dysfunction of U.S. patent law with respect to eligible subject matter under  35 U.S.C. § 101, and offers lessons for practitioners wishing to buttress the patent-eligibility of their cl… Read More

Internet Data Backup Not Patent-Eligible under § 101: WhitServe LLC v. DropBox, Inc.

Patent claims directed to backing up data to a client’s computers where the data has been outsourced for processing via the Internet failed the patent-eligibility test under the Alice/Mayo test and 35 U.S.C. § 101. WhitServe L… Read More

Federal Circuit Holds Patent Claims to Software Functionality Indefinite: Rain Computing, Inc. v . Samsung Electronics Co., LTD

The Federal Circuit affirmed the invalidity based on indefiniteness under 35 USC § 112(b) of patent claims “directed to delivering software application packages to a client terminal in a network based on user demands.” Rain C… Read More

Simio, LLC v. FlexSim Software Products, Inc.: Important Precedent for § 101 Patent-Eligibility of Software (or Lack Thereof)

The Federal Circuit ended 2020 with a precedential opinion holding that patent claims directed to providing a graphical user interface for controlling a software object’s behavior were patent-ineligible under the Alice/Mayo test… Read More