Federal Circuit Deems Software Patent Ineligible, Provides Little Certainty

In its recent en banc decision inCLS Bank v. Alice Corp, the Federal Circuit has affirmed the finding of subject matter ineligibility of Alice Corp's method and software for management of risk in financial transactions through use of a third party intermediary. The ten-member panel produced seven different decisions, but did not produce any majority […]

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Supreme Court Orders Federal Circuit to Reconsider Patent-Eligibility of Genes

Just six days after it handed down its decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., the Supreme Court vacated the Federal Circuit’s decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. United States Patent and Trademark Office, ordering the appellate court to reconsider the case in light of the Prometheus decision. Order granting cert., vacating […]

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Supreme Court Clarifies Patentability of Medical Treatments

The Supreme Court recently handed down its unanimous decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., No. 10-1150, slip op. (March 20, 2012). The Court specifically considered the patentability of a method for determining the effective levels of a drug to be administered to a patient, and found the claims in question to be […]

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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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Federal Circuit reviews “abstract” exception to patent-eligible subject matter

The Federal Circuit recently revisited the issue of patentable subject matter under § 101 of the Patent Act in light of the Supreme Court’s Bilski decision. In Research Corporation Technologies, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, the Federal Circuit determined that the claimed methods relating to half-toning digital images were not abstract and satisfied the requirements of […]

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Federal Circuit determines that method for optimizing dosing of medication is patent eligible

The Federal Circuit on Friday looked at the issue of what constitutes an attempt to patent a natural phenomenon. In Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services, the Federal Circuit determined that a method for optimizing the dosage of a medication was not directed to a natural phenomenon and therefore was patent-eligible subject matter within […]

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USPTO publishes interim guidance for assessing patentable subject matter post-Bilski

In a Federal Register notice today, the USPTO has published interim guidance regarding how examiners are to assess whether an application's patent claims fall within the scope of patentable subject matter defined in § 101 in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Bilski. Many patent attorneys were concerned when the initial memo to examiners […]

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Supreme Court: Business method patents survive, but barely; Bilski’s claims unpatentable

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided Bilski v. Kappos, the most recent case at the Court probing the boundaries of patentable subject matter under § 101. Details of the underlying facts of the Bilski case may be found in our post on the Federal Circuit's en banc decision here. All nine Justices agreed that Bilski's method […]

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Bilski decided

This morning, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Bilski v. Kappos. The court affirmed the Federal Circuit's decision. We'll have more detailed analysis soon. To read the opinion, click here.

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Highlights from oral arguments in Bilski v. Kappos

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bilski v. Kappos in an effort to determine the proper test to be applied to determine whether a claim is patentable subject matter under § 101. The oral argument transcript is available from the Court's website here. Click below for our thoughts on the arguments and […]

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