Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Automated Crop Growing and Monitoring Patents Pass Alice Test: Vineyard Investigations v. E. & J. Gallo Winery

In denying a motion to dismiss for lack of patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, a court determined that U.S. Patents 8,528,834 and 6,947,810, relating to using sensors and data for growing and automated monitorin… Read More

References Still “Printed Publications” and Publicly Accessible under § 102 on a Poorly Designed Website

In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit upheld the decision of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that documents presented at an industry task force meeting and later made available on the task force website… Read More

NantWorks, LLC v. Niantic, Inc.: Reconciling Transactions Between Players of an Online Video Game is not Patent-Eligible

In Nantworks v Niantic., the Northern District of California held that peer-to-peer online transaction reconciliation that uses a physical location of one of the participants is an abstract idea that is not patent-eligible subject… Read More

Simio, LLC v. FlexSim Software Products, Inc.: Important Precedent for § 101 Patent-Eligibility of Software (or Lack Thereof)

The Federal Circuit ended 2020 with a precedential opinion holding that patent claims directed to providing a graphical user interface for controlling a software object’s behavior were patent-ineligible under the Alice/Mayo test… Read More

No Stay for Supreme Court Petition in American Axle & Mfg. v. Neapco Holdings

In the latest episode of the closely watched case American Axle v. Neapco, the Federal Circuit denied American Axle’s motion to stay pending its petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. The case started as an infrin… Read More