Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

A Photobooth Can Screen for Skin Cancer, But Federal Circuit Says it is Unpatentable Under § 103

Can you succeed in an argument for obviousness by combining a skin cancer detection device with a device for creating made-to-measure clothing or custom avatar?  The Federal Circuit says yes. In a precedential opinion, the Federa… Read More

Conflicting Interpretations Invalidate Patent for Indefiniteness: Infinity Computer Prods., Inc. v. Oki Data Americas, Inc.

What is a computer, when recited in a patent claim? The Federal Circuit recently discussed whether a recitation of a “computer” in a claim was indefinite under 35 U.S.C. § 112 in light of conflicting interpretations by the pa… Read More

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