Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

PTAB Panel Can’t Agree on Patent-Eligibility

Lest anyone think that patent-eligibility determinations at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) are easy, even in appeals in ex parte patent prosecution, consider the recent case of Ex parte Plondke, Appeal 2016-00… Read More

E.D. Texas: Digital Product Licensing Not Patent-Eligible

Patent claims directed to “adjusting the number of devices allowed to use a digital product (e.g., software) under a license” are not patent-eligible, says Judge Robert W. Schroeder of the Eastern District of Texas.  Uniloc,… Read More

Alice Changed Law, No Issue Preclusion on Patent-Eligibility

Where a patent had survived a challenge under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in prior litigation between the parties, issue preclusion did not prevent a court from revisiting the question, and invalidating the patent claims, because, the court… Read More

Online Listing = Offer for Sale for Patent Infringement?

Robert Blazer sued eBay alleging that a product listed by an eBay seller was liable for patent infringement (directly, contributorily, and by inducement).  eBay successfully moved for summary judgment on the ground that it had n… Read More

Laches Is a Defense to Patent Infringement No More

The United States Supreme Court recently held that under the Patent Act, laches is not a defense to claim for damages when the infringing acts occurred within the six-year time limitation provided for recovering damages under 35 U… Read More

Patent-Eligibility Is Foggier after Enfish: an Illustration

Patent claims to “[a] method for defining a personalized printed product using a data template that consists of at least one graphical component” are not directed to an abstract idea, and thus should survive a motion to dismis… Read More

Unsupportable Claim Construction Warrants 12(b)(6) Dismissal

Where the plaintiff could only rely on a construction of a patent claim term that was implausible, a magistrate judge recommended dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint under FRCP 12(b)(6).  Bartonfalls, LLC v. Turner Broadcast… Read More

Copyrightability Clarified for Designs of “Useful” Articles

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., ruling that decorative designs of cheerleading uniforms may be eligible for copyright protection.[1]  In so deciding, the Court cla… Read More

Federal Circuit Invalidates Business Method Patent (Yawn)

The Federal Circuit has upheld the invalidity of a patent whose claims recite “[a] computer-implemented method for providing certified financial data indicating financial risk about an individual.”  Clarilogic, Inc. v. FormFr… Read More

Mental Steps Override Novelty in Patent-Eligibility Analysis

The Federal Circuit has upheld the patent-ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 of all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,614,710, directed to “a method for deriving a pixel color in a graphic image.” Coffelt v. NVIDIA Corp., No. 2017… Read More

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Practical Considerations of IPR Estoppel
June 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm EDT
In the webinar, Bryan Hart will discuss estoppel stemming from inter partes review petitions. After an IPR, what invalidity arguments can the petitioner still use at trial? Bryan will analyze the Federal Circuit decision Shaw Industries Group, Inc.…Register

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