Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

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

Plain and Ordinary Meaning Requires More Than a Mere Capability

The Eastern District of Texas has granted-in-part Defendant HTC’s motion to strike expert testimony based on application of improper legal principles, to wit, the expert had improperly extended the plain and ordinary meaning of… 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

Supreme Court Upholds IPRs in Oil States

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court released its opinion in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, holding that the inter partes review procedure does not violate Article III of the Constitution. The Court main… 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

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

Upcoming Webinar

Charlie Bieneman will discuss recent developments in the law of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, focusing on new USPTO guidance, and recent developments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The presentation will conclude…Register

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