A Look at Patent Applications That Survived Alice

Achieving success in overcoming rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test is no different than achieving success in other areas of law – or life – draw lessons from those that have gone successfully before you.  In that spirit, the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) has put together a list of over 300 patents whose file histories mention the Supreme Court’s Alice decision.  (You have to join NAPP to get access.)

A perusal of this list is a helpful reminder that the death of software and business methods patents has been somewhat (if not greatly) exaggerated.  To give you an idea, here is a selected sample of titles of patents that have issued in just the last few months – after Alice and the specter of Section 101 patent-ineligibility was raised during prosecution.

Pat. No.

Title

9569750

Utilizing a Social Network Account to Provide Additional Functionality to a Gaming Network Account

9575205

UNCERTAINTY-BASED FREQUENCY-SELECTED INVERSION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC GEOPHYSICAL DATA

9576431

Systems, Apparatuses and Methods for Enhancing Gaming Experiences

9581624

CORONA AVOIDANCE ELECTRIC POWER LINE MONITORING, COMMUNICATION AND RESPONSE SYSTEM

9582489

Orthographic Error Correction Using Phonetic Transcription

9582551

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTION, DISPLAY AND ANALYSIS OF DISPARATE DATA

9582815

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TARGETING USER INTERESTS BASED ON MOBILE CALL LOGS

9588241

FREQUENCY-VARYING FILTERING OF SIMULTANEOUS SOURCE SEISMIC DATA

9589295

PURCHASING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

9589535

SOCIAL MOBILE GAME FOR RECOMMENDING ITEMS

9592449

A GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GAMING FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF APPEARANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AVATAR

9595271

COMPUTER SYSTEM EMPLOYING SPEECH RECOGNITION FOR DETECTION OF NON-SPEECH AUDIO

9596004

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF COMMUNICATING PERSONAL HEALTH DATA IN A NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENT

9600838

PROVIDING ELECTRONIC CONTENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH A REQUEST FOR PHYSICAL CONTENT

9619492

DATA MIGRATION

9619969

USING PLAYER INFORMATION IN WAGERING GAME ENVIRONMENTS

9622324

GEOLOCATION AID AND SYSTEM

 

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