Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Court Denies Motion to Reconsider Summary Judgment to Not Invalidate Under On-Sale Bar

Having previously denied summary judgment of invalidity of the plaintiff’s design patent, D450,839, under the 35 U.S.C. § 102 on-sale bar, the court in Junker v. Medical Components, Inc., et al., No. 2-13-cv-04606 (E.D. Pa Oct.… Read More

October 2019 USPTO Patent-Eligibility Guidance Provides Arguments for Software Patent-Eligibility (Especially Example 45)

The USPTO’s October 17, 2019, patent-eligibility guidance update (and new examples) have received copious attention from law firm commentators and other bloggers. As the PatentlyO blog notes, the USPTO’s guidance doesn’t nec… Read More

112 and the Zone of Uncertainty

In consolidated cases Niazi Licensing Corp. v. Boston Scientific Corp. and Niazi Licensing Corp. v. St. Jude Medical S.C. Inc. the district court found U.S. Patent 6,638,268 (“the ‘268 patent”) to be invalid under 35 U.S.C.… Read More

Automating Data Verification Ineligible under Section 101

Claims directed to automating employment verification data were held invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the Southern District of Indiana. Tenstreet, LLC v. DriverReach, LLC, No. 1:18-cv-03633 (S.D. Ind. Sep. 30, 2019). Plaintiff Te… Read More

Patent Owner Loses under § 101 in CBM Where Claims Not Limited to Technological Innovation Allegedly Disclosed in Patent Specification

All claims of a patent directed to a “security-based order processing technique” are unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101, said the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in a final written decision in a Covered Business Method R… Read More

On-Sale Bar: Patent Invalid over Defendant’s Sale of the Product

A district court ruled that the on-sale bar can be triggered by sales by third parties, even if the product is not delivered until after the critical date. In OneSubsea v. FMC, Civil Action No. H-18-2459 (Sept. 24, 2019), the Sout… Read More

Details Matter for Patent-Eligibility (and Other Bases for Patent Validity)

An important lesson for patent drafting – disclose and claim as much detail as you can about how the invention works, as opposed to simply what it does – falls out of a Federal Circuit panel’s split decision holding patent-i… Read More

Limits on Obviousness - Beyond the Claim Elements

Here is a lesson on obviousness. The Federal Circuit agreed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that claims for a system to measure degradation of cooking oils in a deep fryer were non-obvious under 35 U.S.C. §103. The… Read More

Failure to Disclose Sales Before Critical Date is Inequitable Conduct

Failure to disclose “material information of prior sales” resulted in a holding that U.S. Patent No. 8,146,428 “is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct” based on a finding of a “specific intent to deceive the PTO int… Read More

Online User Authentication Service Fails § 101 Patent-Eligibility Test

Claims of a patent directed to “an interaction between a user, an ASP [authentication service provider] client, and an ASP” were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test, said a Northern Distri… Read More