Ultramercial LLC v. Hulu LLC

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently addressed the issue of whether a method of using advertising as a form of currency, to distribute copyrighted products over the internet, constituted patent-eligible subject matter. The court reversed the district court’s dismissal for lack of subject matter eligibility and found the claimed invention […]

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Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Reforms Patent Law

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act goes into effect beginning September 16, 2011. This Act represents the most comprehensive legislative change to patent law since the 1950s. Most significantly, it changes how priority is determined for an invention and expands and revises procedures for administratively challenging patents through the Patent Office instead of the court system. […]

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