Data Processing Can Be Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit in Koninklijke KPN N.V. v. Gemalto M2M GmbH

A patent claiming a “device for producing error checking based on original data provided in blocks with each block having plural bits in a particular ordered sequence” has survived a patent-eligibility challenge at the Federal… Read More

Practical Application Saves Software Claims in PGR

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently upheld eligibility of claims in a post-grant review, relying on the USPTO’s 2019 Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (but writing just before the October 2019 update to the USPTO… Read More

October 2019 USPTO Patent-Eligibility Guidance Provides Arguments for Software Patent-Eligibility (Especially Example 45)

The USPTO’s October 17, 2019, patent-eligibility guidance update (and new examples) have received copious attention from law firm commentators and other bloggers. As the PatentlyO blog notes, the USPTO’s guidance doesn’t nec… Read More

Automating Data Verification Ineligible under Section 101

Claims directed to automating employment verification data were held invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the Southern District of Indiana. Tenstreet, LLC v. DriverReach, LLC, No. 1:18-cv-03633 (S.D. Ind. Sep. 30, 2019). Plaintiff Te… Read More

Patent Owner Loses under § 101 in CBM Where Claims Not Limited to Technological Innovation Allegedly Disclosed in Patent Specification

All claims of a patent directed to a “security-based order processing technique” are unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101, said the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in a final written decision in a Covered Business Method R… Read More

Failure to Disclose Sales Before Critical Date is Inequitable Conduct

Failure to disclose “material information of prior sales” resulted in a holding that U.S. Patent No. 8,146,428 “is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct” based on a finding of a “specific intent to deceive the PTO int… Read More

Online User Authentication Service Fails § 101 Patent-Eligibility Test

Claims of a patent directed to “an interaction between a user, an ASP [authentication service provider] client, and an ASP” were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test, said a Northern Distri… Read More

Indefiniteness Challenges Hinge On Textual Support

Whether a court holds a patent claim indefinite under 35 U.S.C § 112 can depend on textual support in the body of the claim or in the patent specification. In Luminati Networks, Ltd. v. UAB Tesonet, no. 2:18-cv-299 (E.D. Tex. Aug… Read More

Death and Taxes and Patent-Ineligibility of Business Methods

For all the kvetching about the frustrating subjectivity and unpredictability of applying the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test, here is a case showing that there is a zone of certainty in determining patentability under 35 U.S.C… Read More

Generic Computer Collecting Data and Using Mathematical Formula is Ineligible

A court held that patent claims directed toward “data collection and mathematical computations are quintessential abstract ideas,” and “[t]he generic equipment underlying the claims does not provide an inventive concept,”… Read More