Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Single Reference Obviousness Rejection Requires No Motivation

Does an obviousness rejection under 35 U.S.C. § 103 in which a single reference discloses each element require a motivation to combine with another reference? In Realtime Data, LLC v. Iancu, the Federal Circuit said no, upholding… 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

Language From CIP Survives “New Matter” Challenge

Finding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board failed to consider the entire record, the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded for further analysis the Board’s decision affirming a rejection of claims for… Read More

E.D. Tex. Invalidates E-Ticket Patents Under § 101

Magistrate Judge Payne in the Eastern District of Texas recently recommended invalidating two e-ticket patents for ineligible subject matter under § 101. In Bytemark v. Masabi, No. 2:16-cv-00543-JRG-RSP (E.D. Texas, Nov. 25, 2018… Read More

Lack of Functional Improvement Renders Method Claims Ineligible

The District of Delaware recently granted a motion to dismiss based on lack of patent-eligible subject matter, under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice/Mayo test, in claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,429,005 directed to a method for prov… 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

Generic Structure Not Enough to Establish Patent-Eligibility

The Northern District of California recently granted a motion to dismiss based on lack of patent-eligible subject matter, under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Alice/Mayo test, in claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,350,928, directed to “a s… 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

Graphical User Interface not Patent-Eligible

Patent claims directed to a remote user interface displaying a plurality graphical user interfaces (GUIs) were held not patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in Valmont Industries, Inc. v. Lindsay Corporation, No. 15-42-LPS (D.… Read More

Upcoming Webinar

Bejin Bieneman is delighted to kick off the first B2 IP Webinar of 2019 with David Hannon, Of Counsel at Bejin Bieneman, who will provide an outline of issues for decision by a US brand owner in its pursuit of trademark protection in China. Mr. Hann…Register

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