Patent-Eligibility Not Supported by an Ordered Combination of Generic Technology Elements

Patent claims reciting “buying and selling an item relating to unique subjects” unsurprisingly could not meet the patent-eligibility bar of 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice/Mayo test when the patent owner appealed a lower court… Read More

What Kind of Technical Improvement Is Enough for Patent Claims to Survive Alice?

Three patents directed to improving wireless digital signal transmission by “protecting data from loss due to transmission errors” have survived a summary judgment motion seeking to invalidate claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and… Read More

NASDAQ Patent Doesn’t Claim Covered Business Method

The PTAB has declined to institute a Covered Business Method (CBM) review for a patent, owned by NASDAQ, claiming a computerized system for executing securities transactions. Investors Exchange LLC v. NASDAQ, Inc., Case CBM2018-00… Read More

Patents Claim E-commerce not Technical Solution, Fail § 101

A court found that claims of two patents were ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101 and the Alice/Mayo test because the claims were all “directed to the same economic practice: the idea of presenting discounts or offers for goods a… Read More

New USPTO Patent-Eligibility Guidance Is a Material Change

Effective January 7, 2019, United States Patent and Trademark Office patent examiners and PTAB judges will be operating under new guidance for evaluating subject matter eligibility. Specifically, the USPTO is changing its interpr… Read More

Patent-Eligibility: Question of Fact or Law?

Unsurprisingly, a Federal Circuit panel has affirmed the USPTO’s refusal to withdraw a patent-eligibility rejection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for claims directed to playing and wagering on a dice game. In re Marco Guldenaar Holding… 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

§ 112 Indefiniteness for Mixing Claims to Apparatus and Method

Claims in a patent directed to medical diagnostics were indefinite under 35 U.S.C. §112(b) and Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosign Instruments, Inc. (S. Ct. 2014), said a court in granting summary judgment of invalidity. Lecat’s Ven… Read More

Establishing Online Chats Not Patent-Eligible Under Alice

Patent claims directed to establishing online chat sessions are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. §101 and the Alice/Mayo test, said Federal Circuit Judge Bryson, sitting in the District of Delaware, in granting a defendant’… Read More

Digital Gift Certificates Fail Alice Patent-Eligibility Test

Patent claims directed to electronic gift certificates are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice/Mayo test, according to a US magistrate judge’s recommendation to grant a Rule 12(b)(6)  motion to dismiss. Co… Read More

Upcoming Webinar

The February webinar is being presented by Bryan Hart, Associate at Bejin Bieneman, who will discuss recent developments related to design patents. In particular, Mr. Hart will discuss the Federal Circuit’s decision in In re Maatita in August and…Register

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