Charles Bieneman
Principal author, The Software IP Report

Sanctions Denied Where Patent Plaintiff's Theory of Infringement Was (Barely) Colorable

A plaintiff whose theory of patent infringement depended on reading the word “at” to mean “associated with” was not subject to sanctions for bringing suit, even though the court found “unconvincing… Read More

Registering Large Number of Domain Names Not by Itself Evidence of Bad Faith Cybersquatting

A trademark infringement defendant’s counterclaim under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), was dismissed where the sole basis for the counterclaim was the sheer number of domain name… Read More

Computerized Method of Managing Financial Instruments Not Patent Eligible

Yet another district court has invalidated patent claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  In Digitech Information Systems, Inc. v. BMW Financial Services NA, LLC, No. 6:10-cv-1373 (M.D. Fla. March 30, 3012), the court held that a “… Read More

Therapeutic Treatment Regimen Not Patent Eligible Despite Computer Implementation

In a decision that was probably made easy by the Supreme Court’s recent Prometheus decision, a D.C. district court has invalidated, as patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101, patent claims that recite using a computer to r… Read More

Divided Infringement and Non-Infringement

A patent claim for configuring a “satellite” credit card of a main credit card was not infringed directly by any defendant, nor was the claim directly infringed by any third party, and therefore it could not be indirec… Read More

Notice Pleading Patent Infringement Requires Some Specificity

Even after bringing suit against 33 parties just before the America Invents Act’s prohibition on joining unrelated defendants took effect, the notice pleading requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure still requir… Read More

Enforceability of a Forum Selection Clause in a Clickwrap Agreement

Here are two cases that provide a further reminder of the power of clickwrap agreements, and that a party offering a clickwrap agreement can avail itself of that power only by properly presenting essential clickwrap agreement term… Read More

Software Claims Held Patent Eligible

A Northern District of California court has rejected an argument that “a method of executing an instruction” was not patent eligible subject matter.  Nazomi Communications, Inc. v. Samsung Telecommunications, Inc., No… Read More

Inequitable Conduct After Therasense Does Not Always Require "But-for" Materiality

Even under the heightened “but-for” materiality standard for proving inequitable conduct in patent prosecution set forth by the Federal Circuit in Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co., 649 F.3d 1276, 1287 (F… Read More

How Far Do the DMCA's Anti-circumvention Provisions Go?

Taking a practical “I-know-it-when-I see-it” approach, a Nevada court considered the applicability of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(2), and other statutes, to mechanisms that a… Read More