DDR Holdings Saves Other DDR Holdings Patents

The Federal Circuit’s famous (or infamous) decision that one DDR Holdings’ patent was not invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 was used to support a district court’s denial of a motion for judgment of § 101 for three other DDR Ho… Read More

“Program,” “UI Code,” Not Means-Plus-Function Terms

The Federal Circuit has held that claim terms “program” and “user interface code,” as used in the phrases “program that can operate the movement of the pointer” and “user interface code being configured to detect one… Read More

DDR and Bascom Don’t Save Internet Monitoring Patents

Patent claims directed to monitoring Internet activity “to increase the objectivity of the search results returned responsive to a search for talented original content creators” were held invalid under the Alice/Mayo abstract… Read More

Novelty and Non-obviousness Do Not Save Patent-Eligibility

The Federal Circuit has held that patent claims directed to “performing certain statistical analyses of investment information” are patent-ineligible under the Alice/Mayo abstract idea test and 35 U.S.C. § 101, thus affirming… Read More

Covered Business Method Patent Survives Alice

Patent claims can survive a patent-eligibility challenge under Alice and 35 U.S.C. § 101 even without a showing of a technological improvement.  In Dailygobble, Inc. v. SCVNGR, Inc., Case No. CBM2018-00002 (May 8, 2018), the USP… Read More

How Is Collateral Estoppel Applied to Patent Invalidity?

A California court has held that a defendant is collaterally estopped from asserting patent-ineligibility under 35 USC § 101 because the defendant, in prior litigation, lost a post-trial motion in which it evidently raised other… Read More

Beware Indefiniteness under Williamson and 35 U.S.C. §112(f)

Functional patent claim language not only justified an Examiner’s indefiniteness rejections under 35 USC § 112(b), but also justified a new ground of indefiniteness rejection in In re Xie, Ex parte Appeal 2017-000540, Applicati… Read More

PTAB: Encrypting Financial Account No. Is Patent-Eligible

After a patent examiner in a business methods art unit rejects claims as patent-ineligible under 35 USC § 101 and the Alice test, what does it take for the PTAB to reverse? Here is an example of an ex parte appeal in which the PT… Read More

Vague Development Agreement Allows Inventorship Challenge

Can vagueness in a development agreement allow standing to question inventorship of subsequently filed patents?  The Federal Circuit held in Gregory C. James v. j2 Cloud Services, LLC, No. 2017-1506 (Fed. Cir. 2018) that an agree… Read More

Berkheimer Prompts USPTO to Modify § 101 Exam Procedure

Following the Federal Circuit’s recent discussion in Berkheimer v. HP, Inc., of the requisite factual inquiry when applying the Alice/Mayo patent-eligibility test of 35 U.S.C. § 101, United States Patent and Trademark Office ha… Read More

Upcoming Webinar

The Supreme Court recently issued decisions in Oil States v. Greene’s Energyand SAS Institute v. Iancuaffecting inter partes review before the Patent and Trademark Office. During the July webinar, Bryan Hart of Bejin Bieneman will discuss how thes…Register

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