Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Transmitting Particular Data via Conventional Mode is Ineligible

The Eastern District of Texas 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 U.S. Patent No. 6,014,089 directed to methods of transmitting… Read More

Determining Patent-Eligibility Requires Claim Construction!(?)

In a decision that Judge Lourie in dissent described as “based on a claim construction issue that is little more than a mirage,” a Federal Circuit panel vacated and remanded a district court’s Rule 12(c) judgment on the plea… Read More

Organizing Security System Display Data Survives Patent-Eligibility Challenge

Proving that application of the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test remains unpredictable and inconsistent, patent claims directed to a security system that monitors “premises using a graphical floor plan” have survived a motio… Read More

Audio Compression Improvements are Patent-Eligible

The Northern District of California recently held that claims directed to data compression to improve audio signal processing are eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as improvements to computer operation. Hybrid Audio, LLC v. Asus Com… Read More

District Court Finds Amazon Lockers Qualify as a Regular and Established Place of Business

Introduction Recently, in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute et al v. Amazon.com, Inc., a district court weighed in on whether Amazon’s lockers constituted “a regular and established place of business” for the purposes of dete… Read More

Check Processing Claims Fail Alice Test at Federal Circuit

Patent claims directed to a “method for processing paper checks” are invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Mayo/Alice abstract idea test, the Federal Circuit held in Solutran, Inc. v. Elavon, Inc., Nos. 2019, 1345, 2019-1460… Read More

No Technical Improvement Means No Patent-Eligibility

Here is a case illustrating a far from unusual scenario that also illustrates the morass of the current law of patent-eligibility under the Mayo/Alice test and 35 U.S.C. § 101. In NetSoc, LLC. v. Match Group, LLC, No. 3:18-CV-018… Read More

State Universities Not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity from IPRs

Sovereign immunity does not exempt state governments from inter partes review, according to a Federal Circuit decision issued on Friday in Regents of the University of Minnesota v. LSI Corp. The decision extends the Federal Circui… Read More

No CBM: Check Deposit Patent Claims Technological Invention

Patent claims reciting a “medium comprising computer-readable instructions for depositing a check” included a “technological invention,” and thus were not eligible for Covered Business Method (CBM) review, held the Patent… Read More

Communications System Patent Falls Under § 101

In Uniloc USA Inc. v. LG Electronics USA Inc. the district court found claims directed to “primary station for use in a communications system” in U.S. Patent 6,993,049 (“the ‘049 patent”) to be invalid under 35 U.S.C. §… Read More

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