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

CAFC: Alice Not a Change in Law Preventing Issue Preclusion

A Federal Circuit panel (Judges Lourie, Newman, and Reyna) has rejected a district court’s statement that Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l., was “an intervening change in the law” that would “exempt a potential applicat… Read More

Berkheimer Effect?  Alice Query Deferred For Fact Questions

A complaint for patent infringement has survived a Rule 12 motion to dismiss by making specific factual allegations to support arguments that the claims met the patent-eligibility requirements of Alice and 35 U.S.C. § 101. Read More

Prosecution History Crucial for Claim Interpretation of “Remote”

The Federal Circuit has again highlighted the importance of prosecution history for patent claim interpretation. In Baker v. Microsoft Corp., No. 2017-2357 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 9, 2018) the Federal Circuit upheld a district court claim… Read More

This Patent-Eligibility Decision Could Have Gone Either Way

Providing a common data format for “out-of-band network management” is patent-eligible, said a court in denying a motion to dismiss under FRCP 12 and 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Avocent Huntsville LLC v. ZPE Systems, Inc., No. 3:17-cv… Read More

How Does Aatrix Software Change Patent-Eligibility Analysis?

Here is a sign that the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Aatrix Software, Inc. v. Green Shades Software, Inc. (Feb. 14, 2018), may affect district court procedures in deciding motions (especially at the pleadings stage under… 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

Contemporary Evidence Beats Google Obviousness Challenge

The Federal Circuit recently upheld two patents against an obviousness challenge by Google. (Google v. At Home Bondholders Liquidating Trust (Fed. Cir. 2018).) This case demonstrates the importance of contemporary evidence to supp… Read More

“Minimal Redundancy” Makes Patent Claim Indefinite under § 112

The phrase “minimal redundancy” in a patent claim was indefinite under 35 USC § 112 where the patent specification inconsistently described levels of redundancy achieved by its system.  Berkheimer v. HP, Inc., No. 2017-1437… Read More

Neither Technical Terms Nor Length Save Claims under Alice

Patent claims directed to “buying and selling an item relating to unique subjects” were held patent-ineligible under the Alice abstract idea test and 35 USC § 101 in VOIT Technologies, LLC  v. Del-Ton, Inc., No. 5:17-CV-259-… Read More

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