Tag Archive for abstraction

“The Black Box is Never Described”: CLS Tries to Teach the Federal Circuit the Difference Between Methods Claims and Systems Claims, and about Abstract Ideas

For those who are interested, a reader has shared a transcript of the oral arguments in CLS Bank v. Alice en banc at the Federal Circuit.  As we have written, a lot is at stake in this case as it takes a deep dive into the eligibility of many software patents.  There are many issues…

Patents in the News

Facebook sued over ‘like’ button (BBC News) Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the “like” button and other features of the social network… It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer. Apple, Samsung continue complex relationship as patent…

Previewing CLS Bank v. Alice

Tomorrow, February 8, the full Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”), who receives nearly all patent appeals, will hear oral arguments in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.  This case could be a seminal case for the future of software patents, and so we will be doing a few posts on it.  This post…

CCIA Filed an Amicus Brief Friday in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp

On Friday, CCIA, which operates Patent Progress, filed an amicus brief in the en banc rehearing of CLS Bank v. Alice Corporation in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  CCIA’s brief focused mostly on the first question presented: What test should the court adopt to determine whether a computer-implemented invention is a patent ineligible…

The Continued Challenge Posed by Abstract Patents

What is the state of the patent system?  In 2009, scholars framed the question as whether it was failing.  In 2011, the question was whether it was in crisis.  Now, Wired Magazine’s “Patent Fix” series sees experts debating whether it is entirely broken.  Judging by titles alone, we’re losing ground.  The mounting tide of patent research provides more empirical…