Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

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

On-Sale Bar: Patent Invalid over Defendant’s Sale of the Product

A district court ruled that the on-sale bar can be triggered by sales by third parties, even if the product is not delivered until after the critical date. In OneSubsea v. FMC, Civil Action No. H-18-2459 (Sept. 24, 2019), the Sout… Read More

Details Matter for Patent-Eligibility (and Other Bases for Patent Validity)

An important lesson for patent drafting – disclose and claim as much detail as you can about how the invention works, as opposed to simply what it does – falls out of a Federal Circuit panel’s split decision holding patent-i… Read More

Limits on Obviousness - Beyond the Claim Elements

Here is a lesson on obviousness. The Federal Circuit agreed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that claims for a system to measure degradation of cooking oils in a deep fryer were non-obvious under 35 U.S.C. §103. The… 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

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