Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Berkheimer Effect?  Alice Query Deferred For Fact Questions

A complaint for patent infringement has survived a Rule 12 motion to dismiss by making specific factual allegations to support arguments that the claims met the patent-eligibility requirements of Alice and 35 U.S.C. § 101. Read More

Prosecution History Crucial for Claim Interpretation of “Remote”

The Federal Circuit has again highlighted the importance of prosecution history for patent claim interpretation. In Baker v. Microsoft Corp., No. 2017-2357 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 9, 2018) the Federal Circuit upheld a district court claim… Read More

Controlling Subscription Entertainment Not Patent Eligible

Affirming a motion to dismiss, the Federal Circuit found claims from four patents, directed to “electronic means of increasing user control over subscription entertainment content,” patent-ineligible under the Mayo/Alice test… Read More

Invention Disclosure to In-House Counsel Privileged

Is an invention disclosure submitted by an inventor to an in-house attorney for procurement of a patent covered by attorney-client privilege? The Central District of California held in The California Institute of Technology v. Bro… Read More

This Patent-Eligibility Decision Could Have Gone Either Way

Providing a common data format for “out-of-band network management” is patent-eligible, said a court in denying a motion to dismiss under FRCP 12 and 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Avocent Huntsville LLC v. ZPE Systems, Inc., No. 3:17-cv… Read More

Modifying Toolbars in Internet Apps Held Patent-Ineligible

A district court has granted a Rule 12 motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that claims of two patents directed to modifying toolbars of Internet applications are patent-ineligible under the Alice test and 35 USC § 101.… Read More

Written Description Required to Claim Priority from a PCT

The Federal Circuit has clarified what written description is sufficient for a PCT application to qualify as a priority document for a U.S. Patent application. In Hologic, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., No. 2017-1389 (Fed. Cir.… Read More

How Does Aatrix Software Change Patent-Eligibility Analysis?

Here is a sign that the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Aatrix Software, Inc. v. Green Shades Software, Inc. (Feb. 14, 2018), may affect district court procedures in deciding motions (especially at the pleadings stage under… Read More

Are the Fed. Circuit’s Rule 36 Judgments Always a Bad Thing?

The Federal Circuit has been widely criticized for the practice, under its Rule 36, of affirming lower court and USPTO PTAB decisions without any opinion.  This post highlights two recent Rule 36 affirmances of holdings of patent… Read More

Terminal Disclaimer to “Expedite” Patent Prosecution?

A District Court committed error, says a Federal Circuit panel, “by presuming that terminally disclaimed continuation patents are patentably indistinct variations of their parent patents without analyzing the scope of the patent… Read More

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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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